April 29, 2013

Chicken a safe, healthy part of balanced diet

"Rigorous food safety standards are applied to all chicken produced in the United States, and all chicken products must meet or exceed these safety standards set forth by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) in order to reach consumers," said Ashley Peterson, Ph.D., vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs at the National Chicken Council.

"The bottom line for consumers is that all chicken is safe to eat when properly handled and cooked," she said.  "Consumers can continue to feel confident about including chicken as a lean, low-fat and high-protein part of a healthy, balanced diet."

The poultry industry takes very seriously any human illness attributed to the consumption of a poultry product.  Poultry companies have invested tens of millions of dollars in technology and other scientifically validated measures to enhance the safety profile of chicken products.  Continuous inspection and testing by USDA has demonstrated the long-term success of these interventions in providing a safe, wholesome and affordable protein for consumers.  Read More 

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