The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has submitted a petition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture asking that poultry producers come clean on what is actually in the chicken consumers buy, specifically chicken poop. It seems that while the U.S.D.A. has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to seeing poop on food, there is no such requirement for when they can’t see it.
Let’s face it, no matter how much you scald a chicken in boiling water, electrify it, or slash it, there is a fair chance that some, if not all, of what was in the chicken is still in the chicken. According to PCRM “nearly half the chicken products sold in supermarkets are contaminated with feces…”
While thoroughly cooking chicken will reduce the risk of eating live parasites, salmonella, or e. Coli, remember that the raw chicken is usually prepared by hand before it makes its way to the oven or the grill, so the possibility of exposure is still there.
The best advice is don’t eat chicken. Most birds suffer a miserable existence living in cramped cages, breathing in ammonia from the feces they continually must stand in, and then being inhumanely treated during slaughter. If you must eat chicken, find out where your chicken comes from, ideally from a certified humane producer, and even then, be prepared for poop.