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REAL STORY: SUPERBUGS IN OUR FOOD
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Monday, 15 AUGUST 2005
BBC ONE, 1930 BST

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What an eyeopener! I've wondered why I have had five lots of bladder infections within this last year eating mainly supermarket chicken, as I thought poultry was preferable to red meat. It now seems I'm storing up trouble with poultry. I will go organic if I can be sure they're antibiotic free.
Lyn Harris, England

I have just watched your programme on superbugs in chicken. I worked in a chicken factory for four years and last July fell ill. After months of severe stomach pains and diarrhoea I was diagnosed with camplyobacter. The environmental health were informed and did nothing and I still suffer severe gut pains and diarrhoea.
Linda Trager, Scotland

Whilst I am in agreement that antibiotic resistance in food-borne bacteria is a serious issue, not once during the programme was it mentioned that, if chicken or any other meat is cooked properly, all bacteria will be destroyed. Perhaps the programme could have been less sensational about the science and more practical in giving some advice about basic food safety - too boring perhaps? My mother, who watched the programme, now thinks that she will contract a "superbug" from eating any chicken.
Steve Holley, UK

Tonight's story about chicken - just the thing for meal times. What idiot suggested this story?
Philip Andrews, UK

Having watched tonight's Real Story about the deadly infections from animals, I was particularly concerned that no mention was made of the appalling intensive conditions in which the pigs were kept. Showing sows tied up in tiny farrowing crates where they cannot turn around and other pigs kept in pens showing signs of distress was deeply disturbing. It warrants a programme in itself showing how inhumane intensive farming is.

I am quite sure that the organic farmer featured on this programme is right, that keeping so many animals packed together in such a stressful environment can only contribute to their rates of infection. It seems logical that the Chinese flu infections we are seeing transmitted to humans comes from this same intensive farming. It isn't necessary to produce food in this way.
Roz Kadir, UK

After watching your programme on superbugs and how they can affect chicken, I was left wondering why you did not test organic chicken. I feel that this would have also been very interesting to see what differences, if any, exist between non-organic and organic, as we are being encouraged to buy organic.
Mrs S Tandy, Worcester

When are people going to realise that it is the terrible cruelty to farm animals, particularly chickens, that is creating these problems. You cannot treat animals as if they are non-feeling products and not expect to reap what you sow. Bird flu in my opinion is another example.
Mary Unsworth, U.K.

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