In the chicken industry, the S word you need to worry about: salmonella.
Our latest investigation finds that in the U.S., there’s no mandate to control the bacteria on the farms or in the hatcheries where chickens meant for eating are raised. Federal regulation occurs only at a bird’s final stage of life – the slaughterhouse.
Scroll down for an up-close look at one farm’s process to see at which points salmonella can be introduced and spread.
NOTE: Gunthrop Farms chickens haven’t been linked to any human illnesses from salmonella, but keeping the bacteria in check is an ongoing battle across the country.