The Lady Speaks

Don’t People Do This Anyway?

If you don't already cook chicken thoroughly – meaning to an internal temp of 165 degrees – then here's an important reason to start: Cooking chicken thoroughly will kill the bird flu virus. (As well as most living things.)

From the AP:

Preparing for the arrival of bird flu, the government on Wednesday gave advice for making chicken safe to eat: Cook it to 165 degrees.While the government has always offered “doneness” advice, it has never before declared what it takes to kill viruses and bacteria that may lurk in poultry.

“It’s not in response directly to avian influenza, or bird flu, but so many people right now are concerned about bird flu and will poultry be safe to eat,” said Richard Raymond, the department’s undersecretary for food safety.


“That’s based on the best science available — 165 degrees is more than adequate to kill all food pathogens found in poultry, including avian influenza,” he said.The department also strongly recommends that people use food thermometers and follow basic rules for kitchen safety: wash hands often, keep raw poultry and meat separate from cooked food and refrigerate or freeze food right away.

The primary target of the recommendation is not bird flu but salmonella, a bacteria that causes food poisoning and can be deadly unless infected people are treated promptly with antibiotics. Salmonella kills about 400 people each year in the United States, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And if you really want to protect yourself and your family, and help stop resistant strains of bacteria from forming – stop using those antibacterial cleaners! Bleach, people, bleach! A solution of bleach and water (10 parts water:1 part bleach) is an excellent way to kill germs and bacteria. And, at roughly $1.49/gal, it's much cheaper than any other cleaner on the shelves.

(Important note: NEVER ever mix ammonia, vinegar, or any other cleaner with your bleach solution!)


April 6, 2006 - Posted by | Bird Flu, Government, Health

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