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27 August 2012

Check the chicken

For many in SA, chicken forms an integral part of the diet. Unfortunately, chicken is often implicated in food poisoning incidents. Know how to shop for top-quality poultry.

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For many South Africans, chicken forms an integral part of the diet. Unfortunately, chicken is often implicated in food poisoning incidents. Know how to shop for top-quality poultry.

Take action:
Make the grocery store your last stop before going home; select fresh chicken just before checking out at the register; make sure that the chicken feels cold to the touch; avoid poultry with damaged wrappings – exposure to air through damaged wrapping dehydrates the meat and impairs the quality; plump, meaty bodies and clean skin, free of bruises, broken bones, feathers, cuts and discolouration are good quality attributes; put packets of chicken in disposable plastic bags to contain any leakage that could cross-contaminate other foods.

 

 
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