Eat fresh chicken before it's banned

NEW ZEALAND - Frozen chickens may soon be the only option available to supermarket shoppers. The poultry industry is under increasing pressure to sell only frozen produce after a Food Safety Authority (FSA) report showed all fresh carcasses carried the bug that causes the gut-wrenching campylobacteriosis disease.
calendar icon 16 August 2006
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New Zealanders ate more than 37kg of chicken a person last year.

The FSA report showed the country also had more than three times the rate of notified campylobacteriosis of Australia. The rate of 370 cases a 100,000 people has been rising at about 12 per cent a year over the past five years.

Over the past nine years, 11 people are thought to have died of the disease. In most cases it causes diarrhoea, vomiting and stomach ache for up to a week.


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