London England grocery store chickens also loaded with dangerous pathogens

From Bill Marler’s blog:

Tesco is one of the English supermarket chains cited in this study. Photo from LIFE. Click image to see source.

The Tests – According to tests on 20 grocery store chickens, picking up a package of chicken in Asda, Morrisons, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s and Tesco could put you at risk of food poisoning. E. coli was found on one of the chickens from Sainsbury’s.

Staphylococcus aureus, an MRSA-related bacteria that can cause wound infections, was found on a sample from Asda.

Acinetobacter baumannii, which also causes serious wound infections, was found on one chicken from Asda and two from Marks & Spencer. Proteus mirabilis, which can cause urinary tract infections, was found on chickens from Asda, Tesco and Morrisons, and high levels of Micrococcus luteus, which also causes urinary tract infections, were found on a sample from Tesco….”

Go to Bill Marler’s blog to read what the stores’ response to these test findings.

This story is an interesting parallel to the recent report from Ontario via CBC news about superbug chickens in supermarkets.

Taken together, these stories might indicate that the problems are larger and less localized than they may at first seem.

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One response to “London England grocery store chickens also loaded with dangerous pathogens

  1. Aaron

    But what if I decide to eat that chicken raw? They should make it illegal to sell “raw” chicken. Children could die.

    Seriously though… if we had focused on cleanliness, rather than sterilization as a food safety measure, we would not be in this mess. Food producers would not be producing this unsanitary food in the first place and we would not be fighting this evolutionary battle with microbes that shouldn’t be there in the first place.

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