A comprehensive study carried out by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Public Health in England found that 78-percent of chicken sold at British markets was contaminated with an antibiotic resistant strain of E. Coli.

The study analyzed samples from convenience stores, butchers, and major supermarkets—including Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, and Morrisons. Outside of England, the study found that 53-percent of samples in Scotland and 41-percent of samples in Wales were also contaminated. The particular strain found does not cause immediate side-effects if consumed, but leads to antibiotic resistance in humans—meaning, many common illnesses may no longer be effectively treated with antibiotics.

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