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US doctors’ group sues over faecal contamination of chicken

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1904 (Published 25 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1904
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal, Canada

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which represents 12 000 doctors in the United States, is suing the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), claiming that the government is disregarding concerns about faecal contamination in poultry.1

The lawsuit would require the government to prohibit the sale of raw meat contaminated with faeces and to have the term “wholesome” taken off inspection labels.

“USDA misleads consumers every time inspectors slap a ‘wholesome’ label on contaminated food,” said Deborah Dubow Press, the group’s general counsel. “Consumers should be horrified to know …

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