A deadly game of chicken

Your skin is slowly roasting like a pig over a barbecue spit. Each breath shoots a stinging, burning sensation from your nostrils, straight to your lungs.

You're not on fire, but this is closer than any human should ever feel. And, no, you're not in hell -- just America's new, twisted version of it.

And if that doesn't sound like a life you'd sign up for, well, neither did Sherry Medina of Alabama. But the former inspector at a massive chicken processing plant is living in her own private, pill-popping purgatory thanks to a toxic chemical Big Food is dumping all over your dinner.

Medina and her fellow workers are coming forward and warning that Big Food has begun coating processed chicken in a toxic, sickening antimicrobial agent that is burning the skin and lungs of everyone who comes into contact with it. The "wash," which can contain everything from high-concentration chlorine to heavy acids, is dumped on your chicken right before its shipped off to your supermarket shelves.

When mom told you to wash your chicken, she wasn't kidding.

Chicken processing plants are leaving their workers with asthma, burning skin, and tissue damage, all in a desperate bid to make their product a little less filthy and disease-infested before it's sold to you.

If you've ever seen a chicken processing line in action, you probably thought you were watching the poultry version of the Indianapolis 500. These cluckers are moved along so quickly, there's hardly enough time to kill them properly -- let alone ensure they've been properly decontaminated.

Superman can't work that fast -- and, trust me, the average Joe pulling down $8 an hour on a chicken processing line ain't Superman. It's no wonder we can't seem to go a month without a salmonella outbreak in America.

America's dirtbag chicken processors are going to keep making chicken this way as long as you keep buying it. Switch to local, free-range chicken, and Big Food will get the message loud and clear -- it's time to clean up their act.

Watching Big Food's chickens come home to roost,