Food Safety Mistake – Washing Raw Chicken !

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We always believe that washing raw chicken or meat before cooking is safe or prevent foodborne illness. But, it is time to rethink or stop washing raw chicken. A research  conducted by Drexel University food scientists has shown that washing raw poultry under running water in your kitchen sink can increase risk of cross contamination.

Washing doesn’t remove all harmful pathogens on raw chicken outer surface down the drain, researchers found. Instead, through the process of aerosolization i.e drops of water splattering off the poultry transport microorganisms to other nearby foods, as well as to utensils, countertops and other surfaces that may later be used in food preparation.

Instead,  it is recommended to just take raw poultry straight from the package into the cooking pan. The heat from the cooking process will kill any bacteria that are present. Then simply clean up any splashes and wash your hands with soap and hot water.

For those who want to take an extra cleaning step to remove sliminess before cooking, the FDA recommends wiping chicken with a disposable paper towel. Then be careful to wash any utensils, plates, cutting boards or kitchen counters that came in contact with raw chicken to avoid spreading the bacteria while you finish cooking

Reference Articles:

  1. http://fcs.ces.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Holiday-foodsafetyinfosheet-2NC.pdf?fwd=no
  2. http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/2ceaa425-0488-4e86-a397-e2d9c470fc4a/Washing_Food.pdf?MOD=AJPERES
  3. https://www.food.gov.uk/news-updates/campaigns/campylobacter/fsw-2014

Source:  Live Science, Food Safety Agency, http://www.drexel.edu/difference/research/dont-wash-your-chicken/

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