Brazilian Chicken Destined for the UK Contaminated With Salmonella

By Gary Cutlack on at

Researchers investigating the Brazilian poultry production scene for fun or a podcast or something have warned on the stocks' high levels of the salmonella bug, with one million potentially infected birds thought to have hit the UK market over the last two years.

Overall, Brazil's chicken exports were found to have an contamination rate of around 20 per cent, with the Food Standards Agency's equivalent metric for UK stocks showing a rate of just 2.2 per cent. This is a potentially disruptive discovery for the Brazilian poultry industry and the country as a whole, as over three and a half million people are employed in its production and transportation, with the world benefitting to the tune of 4.3m tonnes of chicken.

Salmonella is not massively perilous to public health, mind, as cooking the meat kills the bacteria. So as long as you don't go throwing about raw ones and wearing them like boxing gloves it'll all be fine. [Guardian]