Whew. Am I glad I eat faux chicken instead of chicken flesh. Scientists recently tested 120 raw chicken products purchased in 10 major cities and found that nearly half of them were contaminated with E. coli bacteria--in other words, fecal matter. Yuck!
According to Michael Greger, M.D., the author of "Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching," chicken "juice" is essentially raw fecal soup. Chicken carcasses are so contaminated that University of Arizona researchers found more fecal bacteria in the kitchen than they found when swabbing a toilet. Greger even thinks it might be "safer" to lick the rim of the toilet seat than the kitchen countertop in a meat-eater's house, because people don't prepare chickens in their toilets.
I don't advise licking either, but I do recommend the great-tasting soy-based chicken from Gardein, Boca, and other vegan-friendly companies. Unlike chicken flesh, which can also contain listeria, campylobacter, salmonella and even arsenic, faux chicken is cholesterol-free and generally low in saturated fat and calories. See www.PETA.org for more information and product suggestions--unless, of course, a poop-covered bird sounds appetizing to you.
The PETA Foundation Norfolk, Virginia