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Food recalls are getting serious, with antibiotic resistant strains doing more damage, and warmer weather giving bacteria a longer season in which to grow and contaminate food. While ready to eat food (from pre-cut vegetables to frozen meals) is the biggest risk, that’s not all consumers are being warned about. This Halloween, chicken lovers are […]

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Watch Out for Salmonella

July 11, 2017

It’s already exceeding last year’s numbers: people all over the country are getting salmonella from ducks, geese, chicken, and other birds. Several outbreaks have occurred, but so far no one has died (although people with weakened immune systems are at high risk for hospitalization from complications). What are the symptoms of salmonella poisoning? It usually […]

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The Tennessee bird flu outbreak was close enough to Alabama to spark a follow-up by Alabama regulators, and they found bird flu at three of three tested sites (both commercial and backyard flocks). While they think they found both the mild strain and the super virulent one, the USDA has to confirm. In the meantime, […]

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It’s a good thing pets can bring such joy—and that past studies have found that owning one may reduce stress and boost the immune system. Because new research is shedding light into the germs that pets bring into our home: specifically, cats and chickens (so all pet owners should support their immune systems!).

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Raising your own chickens, ducks, or even geese for fresh eggs (and even meat) is increasingly popular. It’s a great price, not too much work, and a huge boost in quality. And even city-dwellers can do it, since most places specifically allow for the raising of chicken (but not always roosters). But there’s a couple […]

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