The Trouble with Chicken

With more than 1 in 4 pieces of raw chicken carrying salmonella, it is responsible for sickening and killing more of us than any other foodborne pathogen. The strains of salmonella that show up on these chickens seem to be getting tougher, stronger and many are resistant to antibiotics.

In this FRONTLINE special we see reporter David Hoffman investigate, the largest salmonella outbreak from poultry in history, when chicken from Foster Farms sickened more than 600 people over 16 months. Hoffman also examines the failure to keep the meat supply safe and raises questions about why more isn’t being done to protect consumers.

Delving into the complex world of food safety, the investigation reveals a seeming contradiction: even though hundreds of people were falling ill, Foster Farms was still meeting the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) standards for Salmonella contamination.

Directed by: Rick Young , Anthony Szulc

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  1. I am completely disgusted with the political nonsense going on in Washington, D.C. of the blame game on the chicken Industry. We should have regulatory documentation of the food poisoning and set standards higher than what we have in place. The meat industries are still producing bad foods and the people are getting sick and some dying. Salmonella and EColi two illnesses that are now becoming resistant to antibiotics and so are people.

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