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Cases of Salmonella-Tainted Chicken Increase

posted on November 24, 2006

A type of salmonella found in eggs is now turning up in broiler chickens used for meat. USDA says positive tests for salmonella enteritidis increased fourfold from 2000 to 2005. The number of states with positive tests for the contamination rose from 14 to 24.

Salmonella sickens at least 40,000 people and kills about 600 every year in the U.S. But USDA says consumers can take precautions to avoid getting sick. The government also recommends using food thermometers and cooking poultry to 165 degrees to kill the salmonella germ.

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