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Published: Wednesday, May 01, 2019 @ 4:39 PM
— The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning consumers not to wash raw chicken.
On Friday, the agency tweeted that doing so can spread germs from the chicken to other food or utensils.
Some social media users didn’t take the advice very well, and others outright disagreed, sharing what they do instead.
Leaving these right here. pic.twitter.com/5ADC8gp5U1— AMW🤓 (@MarWilks) April 28, 2019
Sorry, I follow the rules of my 92-year old mother’s kitchen. They haven’t failed me yet.— Myrna Manners (@myrnamanners) April 27, 2019
Or...you could...clean the sink afterwards...— Ebony, but not amateur (@usuallyeb) April 26, 2019
Oh no, I will continue to wash it then soak with salt and lime juice thank you— A-A-Ron 🇯🇲 (@RICHinLOVE_) April 26, 2019
One day y’all gone learn to clean the kitchen as you cook— Leonah Mason (@Leonah_Mason) April 29, 2019
The CDC responded to the pushback in a follow-up tweet, saying, “We didn’t mean to get you all hot about not washing your chicken! But it’s true: kill germs by cooking chicken thoroughly, not washing it. You shouldn’t wash any poultry, meat, or eggs before cooking. They can all spread germs around your kitchen. Don’t wing food safety!”
We didn’t mean to get you all hot about not washing your chicken! But it’s true: kill germs by cooking chicken thoroughly, not washing it. You shouldn’t wash any poultry, meat, or eggs before cooking. They can all spread germs around your kitchen. Don’t wing food safety!— CDC (@CDCgov) April 29, 2019
According to the agency, washing raw chicken can result in splattering juices that are often contaminated with Campylobacteria bacteria and sometimes contaminated salmonella and Clostridium perfringens bacteria, that can easily spread around the kitchen and even onto your clothes.
In fact, the CDC urged consumers not to wash any poultry, meat or eggs before cooking.
Instead, use a separate cutting board for raw chicken, never place cooked food or fresh produce on the same cutting board used for the chicken and be sure to wash the used cutting board, utensils, dishes and countertops with hot, soapy water after prepping the chicken.