'Frontline: The Trouble With Chicken'
(DVD / NR / 2015 / PBS)
Overview: Every year, Salmonella causes more hospitalizations and deaths than any other foodborne illness, with about one in four pieces of raw chicken contaminated with Salmonella today. Why isn't the U.S. food safety system stopping the threat? Correspondent David E. Hoffman investigates how and why the standards and laws around Salmonella have failed to keep up with the increasing danger posed by some strains of the bacteria.
DVD Verdict: Basically put, FRONTLINE investigates the spread of dangerous pathogens in our poultry — and why the food-safety system isn't stopping the threat. watching 'Frontline: The Trouble With Chicken,' I have to say that, and as a meat eater, it certainly put me off eating chicken again! But, funnily enough, it wasn't overly due to the endless scenes of raw chicken found contaminated with Salmonella, or the way the increasing danger posed by some strains of the bacteria were escalating (or what the end result could be to a human eating such chicken), no, it was a more guttural reaction to actually watching the chickens die!
One woman talks about her son DYING from a piece of raw chicken, whilst we progressively learn that 1 in every 4 pieces of raw chicken ALREADY carries Salmonella! We're also warned that as time moves forward at the plants that "cultivate" these en mass of chickens that they themselves are becoming, more and more, antibiotic resistant! The PBS documentary then goes on to ask What is the government doing to protect us, adding that the Meat & Poultry Administration just don't give the average consumer enough laws to be able to stand up and fight against this expanding situation. Ergo, if you are a meat eater, and, moreover, a lover of chicken, 'Frontline: The Trouble With Chicken' is a show you HAVE to watch! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.