Eating chicken sashimi can put you at a high risk of infection which can be caused by two bacteria called, Campylobacter or Salmonella. Ben Chapman, a food safety specialist and an associate professor at North Carolina State University said that these two bacteria can cause food poisoning.
United States’ some restaurants are serving a sashimi chicken which is a raw chicken. But more “specialty” is available in Japan as compared to U.S.
Chapman said, “There’s a pretty good chance that one or both of these pathogens are on/in the chicken meat itself.”
In the U.S., Campylobacter infections are leading to diarrheal infection said Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The symptoms of these bacteria include cramping, diarrhea, and abnormal pain. The bacteria can also cause nausea and vomiting according to the CDC.
Researchers said that they found 1.3 million cases in the U.S. each year and less than 100 deaths each year from the infection.
CDC also reported that symptoms of Salmonella include, fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. There are an estimated 1.2 million cases each year and around 450 deaths from the infection.
“Eating raw chicken is different from eating raw fish”, said Chapman and it can be found in sushi dishes. Raw fish contains parasites germs that can make a person sick and these germs can be killed by freezing the fish, he added. But we can’t avoid effects of Salmonella by freezing the chicken.
Sometimes, chicken sashimi is cooked for less than 10 seconds through boiling the chicken and this process only kills the chicken surface’s germs, Chapman said. And even when the chicken is deboned, the germs can enter into the body of the chicken, he added.
The Ministry of Health Labor and Welfare in Japan said that more than 800 people get affected by sashimi chicken and chicken sushi rolls. They told people not to eat uncooked chicken this past summer.