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Thu Dec 19, 2013 04:42 PM CST

(Dow Jones) -- A new battle over the safety of U.S. chicken has taken wing.

Consumer-safety advocates and poultry producers fired off salvos of statistics Thursday over contaminants in raw chicken, after Consumer Reports unveiled an investigation the group said showed "potentially harmful bacteria" on 97% of chicken breasts tested.

The industry immediately fired back: Out of 160 million servings of chicken consumed in the U.S. per day, 99.99% are eaten safely, said the National Chicken Council in a lengthy statement.

Hang on to your stomachs, chicken fans: They may both be right.

Consumer Reports' tests found that ...

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