Opinion – Tests find E. coli on 24 percent of chicken from seven UK store chains | Food Safety News

Echerichia Coli

Echerichia Coli (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Low-temperature electron micrograph of a clust...

Low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria, magnified 10,000 times. Each individual bacterium is oblong shaped. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: These are e Coli.

English: These are e Coli. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is deeply worrying news for families buying chicken in UK supermarkets. Food Safety News reports that Cambridge University researchers have found antibiotic-resistant E. coli on 24 percent of chicken samples tested from the seven largest supermarkets in the U.K. That contamination level is four times higher than results from a similar study done last year.

Source: Tests find E. coli on 24 percent of chicken from seven UK store chains | Food Safety News

Let’s face it, there’s a global crisis in terms of overuse of antibiotics. UK food producers rely on additives and antibiotics for farm animals, creating a crisis in the food chain with humans resistant to antibiotics and increasingly at risk.

Let me ask an open question:

Should the UK government introduce tax incentives for the promotion of organic food?

Thoughts?

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