In the U.S., even chicken that has passed all federal food safety requirements still can make people sick.
This proved true in 2013 after a massive salmonella outbreak linked to Foster Farms sickened hundreds of people in 29 states.
But even with reforms in the works, the U.S. government still allows companies to sell chicken that is infected with salmonella.
So how can you avoid it? Do you abstain from buying factory farm chickens and go for the local ones? How about raising chickens in your own backyard? Reporter Katharine Mieszkowski and producer Jillian Weinberger take us on a salmonella road trip and expose a massive gap in our food safety system.
- Read: 10 things to know before you eat your next chicken dinner.
- Photos: An up-close look at where salmonella can be introduced and spread.
- Tips: A list of best practices for safer chicken consumption.