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REPORT: Superbug Bacteria Found in Nearly 1/2 of Chicken Breasts Tested

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FOX News-- According to Consumer Reports, half of raw chicken breasts they tested nationwide carried an antibiotic-resistant "superbug" bacteria. 


The resistance could make it difficult to treat people if they become sick after eating chicken which contains the bacteria. 49.7 percent of raw chicken breasts purchased from retailers around the nation carried a bacteria resistant to three or more antibiotics. 11 percent had two types of bacteria resistant to multiple drugs. 


Consumer Reports urged passage of a law to restrict eight classes of antibiotics for use only to treat humans and sick animals. The law would be more effective, it said, than the Food and Drug Administration's plan, announced last week, to phase down the non-medical use of antibiotics in livestock over three years.


Consumers should cook poultry to 165 degrees F (73.8C) to kill bacteria and take steps, such as using a separate cutting board for raw meat, to avoid cross-contamination of other foods, Consumer Reports said.

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