Fecal Residues on Chicken

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

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This 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, we’re more likely to be exposed to fecal bacteria. Don’t try this at home.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.

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This 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, we’re more likely to be exposed to fecal bacteria. Don’t try this at home.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

Doctor's Note

Check out these videos to learn more about the contamination of food from slaughter plants here:
Superbugs in Conventional vs. Organic Chicken
Yersinia in Pork
Ractopamine in Pork
Salmonella in Chicken & Turkey: Deadly But Not Illegal
MRSA Superbugs in Meat

And check out my other videos on chicken.

Also see my associated blog post: Why is it Legal to Sell Unsafe Meat?

If you haven’t yet, you can subscribe to my videos for free by clicking here.

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  1. Hi Dr. G,

    I seem to remember a video you did where you said how the kitchen countertops of meat eaters were so contaminated with fecal bacteria that it would be safer to eat off the inside of their toilet bowls, but now I can’t find that video. Am I remembering that correctly? Can you help?

    Thanks so much for all your incredibly important work!! Look forward to seeing you next month here in Sacramento.

    Emily :)

    1. Hi Emily. You are correct here is the video…http://nutritionfacts.org/video/fecal-contamination-of-sushi/.Other related videos pointing to other unusual or at least not usually appreciated is one on shopping carts see…http://nutritionfacts.org/video/meat-borne-infection-risk-from-shopping-carts/ and bottled water see… http://nutritionfacts.org/video/bottled-water-vs-tap-2/. Of course proper labeling of risks would lead to less of these problem bacteria in the environment see http://nutritionfacts.org/video/food-poisoning-bacteria-cross-contamination/ and see… http://nutritionfacts.org/video/fecal-bacteria-survey/. See you soon.

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