Like most people, you may believe that washing raw chicken prior to cooking is safe, or even prevents food-borne illness. In fact, the opposite is true.
Although raw chicken can carry bacteria on their surfaces, research has shown that washing raw poultry under running water in your kitchen sink is a bad idea.
If germs were visible to the naked eye, you would see that washing poultry just splashes bacteria all over you, your kitchen towels, your counter tops, and any other food you have nearby.
This can make people sick, especially young children, pregnant women, older adults and the immuno-compromised.
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. Then simply clean up any splashes and wash your hands with soap and hot water.
In relation to this, the Food Agency according the UK standards gave the following recommendations:
* Do not wash raw poultry. There’s no need to clean or wash traces of blood from the chicken meat.
* Use a separate cutting board for poultry and do not cut vegetables or other foods on it.
* Disinfect surfaces, sponges, cloths and cooking utensils that came in contact with raw chicken.
* Make sure that the chicken has been given a good thermal treatment before consumption.
Source: Just Healthy Life