For God’s sake don’t wash raw chicken

16 June 2014

raw chicken Want to turn your kitchen into a splatter-fest of stomach churning Campylobacter? Well, that’s what happens if you wash chicken before you cook it.

The Food Standards Agency have warned against running raw chicken under the tap, because it just splashes potentially deadly bacteria all over your skin, worktops and clothes.

Research shows that 2 fifths of people wash chicken before they bung it in the oven, which has led the FSA to issue the warning during Food Safety week.

FSA’s CEO Catherine Brown said: "Although people tend to follow recommended practice when handling poultry, such as washing hands after touching raw chicken and making sure it is thoroughly cooked, our research has found that washing raw chicken is also common practice. That's why we're calling on people to stop washing raw chicken and also raising awareness of the risks of contracting Campylobacter as a result of cross-contamination."

Campylobacter might sound like a cheery, friendly, Graham Norton sort of bacteria, but it can cause not only the squits, but also IBS and diseases of the nervous system.

So it’s probably best not to paint your entire kitchen with it.

TOPICS:   Consumer Advice   Health

2 comments

  • Gordon B.
    This is only a problem if you're still washing your chicken in the sink. I stick mine on a 30 degree cycle in the washing machine, and this keeps all the bacteria confined. If you're going to do this then I'd recommend using liquitabs rather than powder ... the powder tends to give the chicken a gritty texture.
  • CZ
    They`ve only just realized its common practise to wash chicken? We were taught that in Home Economics in the 80`s.

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