An environmental group is urging Iowans to think twice about the poultry they buy. Erin Jordahl, director of the Sierra Club’s Iowa chapter, says chicken and turkey products were purchased at grocery stores in Iowa and Minnesota and then sent to a lab for testing.Jordahl says bacteria were found on the meat “which isn’t that unsurprising” but she says the bacteria were also found to be resistant to antibiotics, which she says is a larger concern.Jordahl says if someone gets food poisoning from eating that poultry, drugs that are administered would be less effective and the person would probably be sicker, longer. Jordahl says the items purchased included: Country Pride whole chickens and Honeysuckle White ground turkey. She says she’s -not- pushing a vegetarian or anti-poultry message, she says they’re telling people to be aware of the risk and ask grocers to purchase and sell birds that haven’t been given antibiotics.She says chickens and poultry are often injected with antibiotics to cure their illnesses or to prevent sickness because they’re raised in such close conditions where diseases can be easily transmitted.
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