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Tests Find Chicken Often Contaminated, But Better Than Before

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Two-thirds of store-bought chickens are contaminated with salmonella, campylobacter or both. That's according to the most recent testing done by consumer advocacy group Consumer's Union and described in January issue of Consumer Reports.

The results may not be as bad as you think. The contamination, though widespread, is a little better than the 80 percent found two years ago, according to Jean Halloran, Consumer Union's director of food policy initiatives, tells us. But, she says, the dip is due to certain brands of chicken doing a better job guarding against contamination than others, and that the overall rate is still "way too high."

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