Food Safety Studies and Reports

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Consumer Reports: Potentially harmful bacteria found on 97 percent of chicken breasts tested

Consumer Reports’ recent analysis of more than 300 raw chicken breasts purchased at stores across the U.S. found potentially harmful bacteria lurking in almost all of the chicken, including organic brands

Hormones in the Food System

A fact sheet by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy on hormones in the food system.

Consumer Reports: Meats Produced Without Antibiotics Harbor Fewer “Superbugs”

YONKERS, NY—A review of a series of in-depth studies conducted by Consumer Reports show that, in general, meat, poultry and shrimp from animals raised without antibiotics are less likely to harbor multidrug-resistant bacteria than conventionally-produced meat from animals that get the drugs routinely.

Consumer Reports: Food Safety & Sustainability Center: Beef Report

Consumer Reports: How Safe Is Your Ground Beef?

If you don’t know how the ground beef you eat was raised, you may be putting yourself at higher risk of illness from dangerous bacteria.

Consumer Reports: Pork Chops and Ground Pork Contaminated with Bacteria

Our analysis of pork-chop and ground-pork samples from around the U.S. found that yersinia enterocolitica, a bacterium that can cause fever, diarrhea, and abdominal pain, was widespread. Some samples harbored other potentially harmful bacteria, including salmonella. And there are more reasons to be concerned about “the other white meat.”

UK Survey Finds Campylobacter on 59 Percent of Chicken

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) in the U.K. has published its first-quarter results from a survey of Campylobacter on fresh whole store-bought chickens and the associated packaging. The agency found the 59 percent of the birds and 4 percent of the outside of the packaging tested positive.

Chicken bug: 70 per cent of British supermarket chickens test positive for Campylobacter bacteria

The bacteria campylobacter contaminated 70 per cent of fresh shop-bought chickens stocked by major retailers. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) said the cumulative results from the first two quarters of its year-long survey of fresh chickens found 70 per cent tested positive for the presence of campylobacter, up from 59 per cent in August.

Survey finds lower Campylobacter contamination levels in chickens

The UK Food Standards Agency has published results for the second quarter of its latest survey of Campylobacter contamination on fresh chickens from supermarkets and other retailers. The results show a continued decrease in the number of contaminated birds. The latest survey results relate to fresh, whole, chilled UK-produced chickens and packaging sampled from large supermarkets and smaller independent stores from October to December 2015. A total of 966 samples were collected and tested during the quarter.


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