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Salmonella still leading source of foodborne illness

Salmonella sickens more than 1 million Americans every year, with about 200,000 illnesses caused by contaminated poultry. Some strains of salmonella are becoming antibiotic resistant, making them more severe and difficult to treat. Key Findings of ‘The Trouble with Chicken’ investigation: Twenty years after the major E. coli 0157 outbreak from Jack-in-the-Box hamburgers highlighted the …

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The Trouble with Chicken

Is our food-safety process working? About one in four pieces of raw chicken is contaminated with salmonella, with some strains of the bacteria becoming more severe. FRONTLINE investigates the spread of these dangerous pathogens at a time when Americans are consuming more chicken than ever. The program, a co-production with the Workshop, traces a major …

The men who knew

Today’s debate over the use of antibiotics in food animals is hardly new. Nearly 40 years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tried — and failed — to restrict the use of these drugs in animal feeds on the farm. That battle of 1977 is critical to understanding why the agency has taken …

Chickens on a farm

The Trouble with Antibiotics

PBS FRONTLINE, in a co-production with the Investigative Reporting Workshop, is airing a new one-hour program, “The Trouble with Antibiotics,” on Oct. 14 at 10 p.m. Correspondent and reporter David E. Hoffman looks at the widespread use of antibiotics in food animals and, in a follow-up to last fall’s documentary, “Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria,” talks …

Microscope

Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria

“Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria,” a new FRONTLINE program co-produced by the Investigative Reporting Workshop, looks at whether the age of antibiotics is coming to an end. From a young girl thrust onto life support in Arizona to an uncontrollable outbreak at one of the nation’s most prestigious hospitals, FRONTLINE investigates the alarming rise of a …