If you’re one of the millions of people who will cook chicken for dinner tonight, you should know how to thoroughly clean and cook the meat before consuming it. According to a recent news report from WebMD, people who bought chicken this past holiday season may have bought more than just the meat:
“Potentially harmful bacteria was found on 97 percent of chicken breasts bought at stores across the United States and tested, according to a new study.
The tests on the 316 raw chicken breasts also found that most had bacteria — such as enterococcus and E. coli — linked to fecal contamination. About 17 percent of the E. coli were a type that can cause urinary tract infections, according to the study, published online and in the February 2014 issue of Consumer Reports.
In addition, slightly more than 11 percent had two or more types of multidrug-resistant bacteria.”
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, chicken meat should be thoroughly cooked at a temperature of 145°F. Health experts also suggest leaving the meat alone for three minutes after it is cooked before consuming it.
As mentioned above, certain E. coli bacteria can cause urinary tract infections (UTI). Symptoms of UTI may vary from case to case. Some people develop chills, fever, and nausea while some do not. However, all cases of UTI share the same symptoms of painful urination, a frequent urge to urinate, and cloudy or foul-smelling urine.
Although UTI is not life-threatening, doctors from trusted Broadway, Everett urgent care centers will tell you that the infection should still be treated as soon as possible. Allowing the infection to be unchecked can lead to the bacteria spreading to the kidneys. Once the infection spreads to the kidneys, treatment will be much more difficult and the infection can have lasting consequences.
Should you develop UTI from eating improperly prepared food or have developed UTI symptoms, be sure to immediately visit a reputable Broadway, Everett walk-in clinic, such as U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group, to determine the cause of the infection. After properly identifying the cause of the infection and the bacteria involved, an experienced doctor can then prescribe the proper antibiotic.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Study Finds Widespread Contamination in Chicken, WebMD, December 19, 2013)