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Death in the Skies: Chicken to Blame?

Written by Michelle Kretzer | December 2, 2011

A family is suing American Airlines after their loved one died on a flight, reportedly after consuming chicken contaminated with bacteria.

Fluke? Not so much. The Food and Drug Administration reports that there are 48 million cases of foodborne illness in the U.S. every year, resulting in 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. Consumer Reports found the leading bacterial causes of foodborne illness—salmonella and campylobacter—in two-thirds of the chickens that it purchased nationwide.

If you don’t enjoy your meals served with a side of vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps, not to mention cruelty, maybe it’s time to jettison chicken from your diet. Check out a wide variety of chicken-free recipes at our Living page.

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  • Bailey says:

    Thank you so much for posting this video, I honestly am new to PETA and didn’t think about how horribly they really treated animals at places like this, I am a new veetarian because of this video, thank you so much, God Bless all!

  • [email protected] says:

    It’s not surprising so many people get sick from meat considering the conditions chickens(and other animals)Are kept while waiting to be slaughtered,–Vegan.

  • Gabriel says:

    I don’t even know what to say after i saw this video.

  • Lisa says:

    Are they for real? We all know what plane food is like, im a vegetarian so therefore have to request a vegetarian meal when booking a flight, i am from the UK and recently went on holiday to Barbados thought i might get a decent flight meal travelling long haul, after spending over £2000 for flights you would think you would, what we got was overcooked beans and rice it was disgusting and ended up not eating it, so if you are a meat eater you take that risk and should no the risks.