Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

Poultry Workers Can Spread E.coli

Antibiotic use in poultry processing has been controversial for decades, but researchers now say workers who handle broiler chickens in manufacturing plants are at risk of contracting drug-resistant E. coli and spreading it to local communities.

A broiler is a male or female chicken bred and slaughtered for its meat.

Massive demand for chicken has led to factory farming, which cramps many thousands of birds together in a single environment.

The use of growth enhancers, such as hormones and antibiotics, have helped create bigger broilers that are more appealing to consumers.

So-called free-range chickens are raised on organic farms and are not exposed to antibiotics or hormones.

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