Don't Wash your Chicken or Turkey!

Nov 23, 2015

Although raw chicken and turkey can carry bacteria on their surfaces, research has shown that washing raw poultry under running water in your kitchen sink is a bad idea.

Washing your chicken or turkey will not make a product safer, and may even increase your risk of foodborne illness due to cross contamination. When you wash your chicken or turkey, any bacteria that might be on it can then be splashed into or around the sink and if another food comes into contact with that area, it could pick up the bacteria.

Instead, 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. Chicken or turkey must be cooked 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Then simply clean up any splashes and wash your hands with soap and hot water.



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