The CFC glacier must have melted a little recently. CFC's new rule takes effect on May 15th 2014. CFC, long ago frozen in suspended animation, has finally decided to act for the good of Canadians, rather than focusing on themselves and their millionaire, greedy chicken farmers.
Chicken farmers have a long history, over 60 years, of using drugs, chemical, and yes, even poisonous arsenic in the chicken feed and water supply for their chickens, This crazy scheme of the Chicken Mafia helps them to maximize their profits and reduce their business risk; regardless of the possible impact on people who would eventually eat their chicken as food. Sounds crazy, but it's true.
I previously reported on, complained, and warned about these issues as early as March 2, 2013 which is just 3 days after starting this Blog (see Eating Farm Gate Chicken? ). The all time winning Blog posting for reader activity is Choose: Frankenstein Chicken, or Naturally Raised Chicken? from April 2, 2013. Also see here, here, here, here, here, and here.
Unfortunately, all of these antibiotics, drugs, and chemicals in the chicken feed have created superbugs on retail chicken sold in grocery stores.
Most people think of hospitals when they think of exposure to superbugs; nosocomial infections, some that cause life-long infections, or death. However, it is likely the chicken in the grocery store that is the greater threat.
The majority of households do not have repeated visits to the hospitals; most are generally healthy. However, virtually every family makes a weekly trip to the grocery store. The higher frequency of exposure via the grocery store may make this the #1 risk to your family from superbugs.
You may be a vegetarian, and never go near meat. However, most people do, and after they touch packages of raw chicken, they touch just about everything else in the grocery store that you touch too. That superbug slime from the chicken wrapper is all over your hands too. You'd better be careful what you touch, like that head of lettuce you re-adjusted in your cart so it wouldn't get squished. The lettuce is now contaminated with chicken superbug ooze, and won't fully wash off even if rinsed under running water at home. Your salad now has an extra, secret ingredient that you did not intend to add. Say thank-you to the Canadian factory farmed foul (chicken).
The story was initially broke by The StarPhoenix (excellent history that puts the "smoking gun" in the hands of the CFC, while they stand of the dead body of the victim, the Canadian public). This story was based on a related story in the Ottawa Citizen.
The Canadian Veterinary Journal sheds some additional light on the subject here, here, here, and here. Here is the graph showing the superbug hotspot data from Quebec and Ontario:
|Certiofur antibiotic use lead to corresponding growth in superbugs|
on chicken, and in human infections. Quebec banned the use of
certiofur in chickens, and the superbug problem disappeared, so
Quebec allowed certiofur to start being used again, so the superbugs
soon came back again, so Quebec banned it again. Meanwhile
in Ontario (also a superbug hotspot), neither the Ontario government
nor CFO did anything, as usual. Graph from
Searching CFC's website for confirmation by using "ceftiofur" yields nothing. Searching for "antibiotic" gives CFC's standard propaganda justifying their fossilization and suspended animation in spite of the growing evidence of their wrong-headed policies.
After May 15th, it is hoped that CFC and all other SM Mafia personnel will actually audit their henchmen to ensure their compliance. The greatest risk is some renegade chicken farmers who are greedy enough to continue buying their drug of choice on the black market, importing it, and feeding it to their flocks; continuing the risk for Canadian consumers.
Will CFC give Canadians thei assurance that they will adequately police their members and ensure Mafia-style compliance with the Chicken Mafia Don's orders against the use of banned antibiotics?
Don't hold your breath. In the interim, here are SFPFC's recommendations to protect yourself from chicken superbugs in the grocery store and when you bring them home to your un-suspecting, innocent family members.