You can let out a big sigh of relief because the CDC says it’s actually okay to dress up your chickens in costumes this Halloween.
No idea why we’re talking about chicken costumes? Extremely confused why this is news? Let us break it down for you.
Recently, a few news outlets reported that the CDC had warned people not to dress up their chickens in Halloween costumes due to the risk of infection with salmonella bacteria.
It all started when ABC published a story (which has since been corrected) about a strain of multidrug-resistant salmonella found in raw chicken products that has sickened 92 people in 29 states. News of a foodborne illness isn’t that surprising these days, but the outbreak is real. Things got weird when the topic of Halloween, and chicken costumes, got involved.
In the earlier version of the article, ABC reported that the CDC had advised people against dressing up chickens in Halloween costumes, based on the idea that a person might come in contact with harmful bacteria (like salmonella) on a chicken when dressing one in a costume. They also interviewed a woman who apparently really likes to dress her chickens up in sweaters during Halloween and was pretty upset about this health advisory.
In a tweet with a link to the article, ABC wrote, “The CDC is asking pet owners to refrain from dressing up their chickens this year due to a particular strain of salmonella.”
Here’s the thing: There wasn’t actually any official warning from the CDC about chicken costumes. (Trust me; I looked.) Nevertheless, the chicken costume warning was picked up by a few other outlets. It caused some confusion and obviously sadness, because who doesn’t love a cute little chicken costume?
It turns out that these reports were false and the CDC was never against chicken costumes. They just want you to be careful when handling live chickens and to wash your hands after you do so.
The reactions to all of this chicken costume drama on Twitter were pretty great.
So happy Halloween to you and all of the chickens out there who just want to show off their Halloween spirit!