Debra Lynn Dadd

Chlorine in Chicken Processing


Hi Debra, love your website, I am on your site everyday. I recently found out that after chickens are slaughtered they are rinsed with water and then they are dipped in a chlorine wash. Perdue, Tyson and even Giant Eagle's Nature's Basket brand are treated with chlorine. Is this safe?

I just switched to Whole Foods house brand, it is not organic, but is free range, airchilled. Is organic chicken and free range chicken dipped in a chlorine solution? I am not even sure if it is safe, maybe it is, i am just so confused about why every thing is so polluted with chemicals. Perdue assured me there is no residue on the finished product.

Please tell me if it safe to eat chicken and turkeys that are processed this way. USDA recomends a chlorine wash, that is what the companies told me. Please help me understand. Thank you.



OK. Here is the link to the USDA National Organic Program: This is the place to look up any questions you have about what is allowed in organic food and what isn't.

The Regulations are in the right hand column, under General Information. Click on "Regulations." The Regulations also reference the "National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances" which is above the Regulations, under "I Want Information On."

Chlorine is not a prohibited substance in organic food production, however, the amount of chlorine in the water must not exceed the amount of chlorine allowed in the Safe Drinking Water Act. So it seems that straight chlorine bleach could not be used, although I couldn't find that specifically in the Regulations.

A "chlorine wash" is a low-concentration chlorine bath used to kill micro-organisms that may cause illness. The idea behind organic chickens is that they would be raised to be healthier and with better hygiene, therefore not needing the chlorine wash.

I read a blog where people were complaining about the chlorine smell on chicken and others were recommending buying organic.

We buy Coleman organic chicken and have not noticed any chlorine smell.

Whole Foods should be able to tell you all about their chicken and whether or not it has a chlorine wash.

Debra :-)


I buy the Coleman organic chicken that you mentioned at Costco. They sell it at a good price.

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: I buy mine at Costco too. It's half the price as other local stores.

POSTED BY CH :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 06/24/2009 7:19 AM

If you want to be sure that any of the meat you eat is free of things like bleach, etc., you might want to look into buying it directly from a farmer. It will taste a lot better and you'll be supporting a local farmer. This website has links to farmers around the country: Getting to know the farmers that grow our food is wonderful and you can feel safe because you'll know exactly how things are grown and processed. As a matter of fact, you may find that you won't want to eat meat from a supermarket ever again.


Hi. Can someone please tell me what the price per pound is for Coleman Organic Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast? I don't have a Costco membership but would definitely look into getting one if the price was right. Thanks in advance!

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: I just bought it for $2.29 a pound here in Clearwater FL.

POSTED BY JAX :: ILLINOIS USA :: 08/31/2009 5:50 PM

Wow that is a great price, I pay 6.00 a pound here in Illinois! Thanks Debra.

POSTED BY JAX :: ILLINOIS USA :: 09/02/2009 7:33 AM

Just a tip, if you go to the Coleman's website, you can print off $5 off in coupons. I was able to print out several copies of the coupons!

POSTED BY MARY H. :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 09/09/2009 2:45 AM


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