Dr Nithi Mahanonda (''No need to chicken out'', Life, Feb 5) makes good points about the health problems associated with eating chicken.
In particular I'd like to respond to his comments about salmonella and campylobacter which cause food poisoning and kills many people every year.
In his book, The Power of Your Plate, Dr Neal Barnard quotes former US secretary of agriculture Carol Tucker as saying: ''People have gone to the store and picked up packages of poultry and taken them off to a laboratory and checked them for salmonella contamination. The number of birds contaminated has been shown in several studies to be around a third.''
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