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Aug 2, 2014 01:33 PM

Chicken safety

I am somewhat gluten intolerant, so if i get the typical symptoms the next day I usually know the culprit. But the last 3 times in about 2 months that this happened there was no gluten involved.
But there was chicken. I bought chicken from several places, including Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Costco, but never from a Ralphs or Vons, etc. So, I cannot blame any one source. And i am careful about how I cook it.
My question is, where can I get safe chicken to eat in L.A.? I do like a nice Tuscan roasted chicken, but I'm getting gun-shy.

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  1. Perhaps you should first see an allergist who will attempt to diagnose the symptoms properly.

    1. Agree with seeing an allergist. I have a friend who is actually allergic to chicken. You may have a similar issue.

      1. Aside from the question about where to buy safe chicken, the other question is about the chicken you're ready buying and having problems with: is it fresh, marinated, or cooked?

        It doesn't seem possible that fresh, uncooked chicken could contain *any* gluten whatsoever. Marinated chicken probably does, and cooked - more than likely.

        You might want to check with the markets that are selling the chicken that you had issues with. You may also want to check with your doctor to see if you have other food-intolerance factors or sensitivities.

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        1. re: mcsheridan

          I guess there is some confusion. I mentioned gluten because I KNOW I'm gluten intolerant. So, when I get the symptoms I look back on the previous day and ask myself what did i eat? If it wasn't gluten, then what? All three times in the last 2 months the one common denominator was chicken.
          I just read that about 97% of chicken has some form of salmonella. So, the question is, is there any safe chicken? I'm really careful with chicken. I cook it very well done. I was in the restaurant biz for 30 years, so know about food storage, cooking, etc.
          Could be that I'm very sensitive to any bad bacteria these days. But chicken keeps popping up, so where to get the safest is the question. I can always just give it up, too. I know that.

          1. re: dennis7490

            I don't even know what "safe" means here. Chicken can contain pathogens, but is safe when handled and cooked properly. Any food can be contaminated, but it is not likely that you will get the same contaminant from three different places, and you don't even know what the suspected contaminant is. No producer of chicken is thinking about whether it it "safe" for someone with some weird, unspecified, and undiagnosed condition — they are concerned with known contaminants regulated by the USDA.

            Until you have a diagnosis from an allergist, you have nothing to go on. Self-diagnosis is no diagnosis at all.

              1. re: dennis7490

                Well the safest are the ones that are "air-chilled." They have consistently tested as the cleanest with regard to bacteria.

                This article may help a bit.


                Bottom line: cook your food properly and practice safe handling and you'll be ok... Unless you have an allergy or something.

                1. re: gr8pimpin

                  Bristol Farms has offered air-chilled chicken for quite some time. I got it there on a regular basis but it's been a while since my last purchase - can't say for sure if air-chilled is still the standard there.

            1. I would buy from a fresh chicken place like Exposition Fish and Poultry 3759 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90018 The chickens are process on site. Also I would have you look into FODMAP sensitivities which would be similar to Gluten intolerance but would include things like onions and dairy etc.

              1. Wear this T-shirt each time you head to a restaurant where chicken might be consumed. Servers are trained to spot the garment and will only serve its wearer safe chicken.