Be Chicken: Why You Should Get Scared About Washing Raw Poultry


As the 4th of July creeps closer and closer, many of us have already begun to prepare.

Considering just how much prep time goes into making meals (many of which include chicken), health experts believe it’s crucial that you get prep time right.

While it’s alright to wash your fruits and vegetables before cooking, experts are starting to warn against rinsing poultry before cooking. That’s because it’s actually not safer.

As a movement to cease raw poultry washing navigated its way through the United States last year, British public health officials are now following suit, as they also warn people against washing raw chicken and other poultry because doing so can end up splashing potentially fatal bacteria just inches from your sink.

According to the Federal Drug Administration, rinsing raw poultry initiates the spread of a dangerous germ known as campylobacter. Perhaps you’ve heard of salmonella and e. coli bacteria already, but campylobacter, though lesser known, is rather unforgettable if it ever gets you sick.

This foodborne illness comes bringing heavy amounts of abdominal pain, debilitating diarrhea, and vomiting. It can even lead to irritable bowel syndrome if left unchecked, not to mention reactive arthritis and Guillan-Barre syndrome, which is a dire condition of the nervous system. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) actually estimates that campylobacter-influenced infections make more than 1.3 million people sick annually in the U.S. Despite it not normally being a death setence, campylobacter is considered responsible for a sizeble 76 deaths in the U.S. every year.

Essentially, this serves as an unnecessary risk that poultry people don’t need to use. Rinsing raw chicken and other poultry just spreads bacteria as water droplets splash all over your hands, cooking surfaces, clothing, and nearby kitchen equipment.

Always remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.

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