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Why You Should Stop Washing Raw Chicken Before Cooking

Why You Should Stop Washing Raw Chicken Before Cooking

The most clean and conscientious cooks have been doing it for years, but a new advisory now warns against washing raw chicken before it’s cooked. A food safety watchdog group advises against washing the bird due to a greater likelihood of spreading a dangerous bacteria that can cause food poisoning.

The AFP reports about the warning from the Britain’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) that washing raw chicken makes it more likely to spread the campylobacter bacteria. Though many people are unaware of the dangers of campylobacter food safety officials warn that it can cause very serious health issues, especially for the very young and old. FSA Chief Executive Catherine Brown explains, “Campylobacter is a serious issue. Not only can it cause severe illness and death, but it costs the economy hundreds of millions of pounds a year as a result of sickness absence.” Severe pain, diarrhea and vomiting are a few of the symptoms of this type of food poisoning.

Through surveys the agency was able to gather that a whopping 44% of people are still washing chicken before cooking and only about 28% of people had heard of this particular bacteria strain. Most people are more aware of salmonella and E.coli, but campylobacter can be just as much of a health risk when it’s spread around a kitchen.

What do you think of the latest health advice to stop washing chicken before it’s cooked?

Do you still wash raw chicken before cooking? What precautions do you take to keep clean in the kitchen?
 

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  • cheryllo By cheryllo
    07.06.14  

    Wow, I hadn't heard this before. I've never heard of this specific type of food poisoning either. I was taught to always wash my chicken and did up until a few years ago. The reason I stopped was because I lived with very bad well water and thought it could lead to even more trouble than if I didn't use the water to wash it. I had to buy my drinking and cooking water for a very long time and it is far too expensive now to use to wash meat. I'm glad now that I read this that I stopped, even though it wasn't for this reason. I make sure my chicken is cooked thoroughly and I can say we have never gotten sick at all from our chicken since I did stopped washing it.

  • 6pennies By 6pennies
    07.29.14  

    I think I will take the advice on not to wash chicken before cooking it now knowing the risks and dangers it can cause. The precautions that I take to keep clean in my kitchen is to wash and disinfect everything down as far as cutting boards and utensils used to prepare food with vinegar.

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