"The meat industry's big public
relations problem is that vegetarians
are demonstrably healthier than
Professor of Nutrition and Public Health,
New York University, Marion Nestle
Chicken is a major source of food poisoning in Australia as elsewhere. When the birds are killed a blade cuts their guts and disembowels them. If their intestines burst during this process, subsequent birds will be infected with fecal matter. This is just one of many ways chickens can get infected during processing.
If you cook a chicken properly and follow perfect food handling safety procedures then it is perfectly safe. About half of the 208,000 campylobacter food poisoning cases annually in Australia are estimated to have come from chicken. Keep this in mind when health authorities tell you that properly cooked chicken can't give you bird flu. It can't give you campylobacter poisoning either.
University of Arizona researchers found more fecal bacteria on sinks than around toilet bowels. Why? Because people don't wash chickens in the toilet.