USDA: Don’t wash raw chicken

Thinking about washing that raw chicken?

Don’t do it!

That’s the latest message from the United States Department of Agriculture.

The agency is telling people to refrain from washing that raw chicken.

The reason?

A study of home cooks showed washing your poultry ends up affecting the cleanliness of nearby food.

It’s all about cross-contamination.

They say to prep everything else first–then the chicken.

Then wipe down anything the chicken touched–and make sure you cook your chicken to the right temperature.

Of course, they always recommend washing your hands before and after handling a raw product.

Raw chicken can spread illnesses like salmonella.


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