In the chicken industry, the S word you need to worry about: salmonella.
Our latest investigation finds that in the U.S., there’s no mandate to control the bacteria on the farms or in the hatcheries where chickens meant for eating are raised. Federal regulation occurs only at a bird’s final stage of life – the slaughterhouse.
Scroll down for an up-close look at one farm’s process to see at which points salmonella can be introduced and spread.
NOTE: Gunthrop Farms chickens haven’t been linked to any human illnesses from salmonella, but keeping the bacteria in check is an ongoing battle across the country.
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Playing chicken with salmonella: A journey in photos
by Katharine Mieszkowski and Julia B. Chan, Reveal December 5, 2015
Katharine Mieszkowski is a senior reporter and producer for Reveal. She's also been a senior writer for Salon and Fast Company. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, Slate and on NPR's "All Things Considered."
Her coverage has won national awards, including the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award two years in a row, an Online News Association Award, a Webby Award and a Society of Environmental Journalists Award. Mieszkowski has a bachelor's degree from Yale University. She is based in Reveal's Emeryville, California, office.
Julia B. Chan worked at The Center for Investigative Reporting until June, 2017. Julia B. Chan is a producer and the digital editor for Reveal's national public radio program. She’s the voice of Reveal online and manages the production and curation of digital story assets that are sent to more than 200 stations across the country. Previously, Chan helped The Center for Investigative Reporting launch YouTube’s first investigative news channel, The I Files, and led engagement strategies – online and off – for multimedia projects. She oversaw communications, worked to better connect CIR’s work with a bigger audience and developed creative content and collaborations to garner conversation and impact.
Before joining CIR, Chan worked as a Web editor and reporter at the San Francisco Examiner. She managed the newspaper’s digital strategy and orchestrated its first foray into social media and online engagement. A rare San Francisco native, she studied broadcasting at San Francisco State University, focusing on audio production and recording. Chan is based in Reveal's Emeryville, California, office.