Consumer Reports Releases Study Finding Two Thirds of Chicken in Sample Contained Potentially Harmful Bacteria

The bad news from a new study is that two thirds of store-bought chicken was found to be contaminated with potentially harmful bacteria.

The good news is that, believe it or not, the numbers are better than two years ago, when eight out of 10 chickens were found to contain pathogens like salmonella and campylobacter.

The results may not be as bad as you think. The contamination, though widespread, is a little better than the 80 percent found two years ago, according to Jean Halloran, Consumer Union's director of food policy initiatives, tells us. But, she says, the dip is due to certain brands of chicken doing a better job guarding against contamination than others, and that the overall rate is still "way too high."