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Fecal Residues on Chicken

Researchers use laser imaging to determine the proportion of retail chicken contaminated with fecal matter.

November 12, 2009 |
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That wasn’t the only new use of laser technology last year. Detection of fecal residue on poultry carcasses by laser imaging. See in slaughter plants, birds are gutted by a metal hook that often rips the intestines, so commonly the skin on chicken gets contaminated by these ruptures of the digestive tract during the evisceration process, which can expel what they call “internal content.” Internal content, that can be picked up by laser scanning. So, what percentage of retail chicken carcasses are contaminated with fecal matter? 92%. Nine chickens out of ten. At least with pigs and cows, we don’t eat the outside of them, … but that’s one of the problems with eating chickens and fish—by eating the animals’ skin itself, you’re more likely to be exposed to fecal bacteria. Don’t try this at home.

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Dr. Michael Greger

Doctor's Note

Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out theother videos on chicken. Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos--please feel free to explore them as well!

Please be sure to check out my associated blog post, Why is it Legal to Sell Unsafe Meat?