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Don’t Wash Your Chicken

A common misconception when preparing chicken for cooking is the need to rinse the poultry with water before it is cooked. In fact, the USDA recommends that you do NOT wash your chicken, as it increases the risk of spreading bacteria around the kitchen. Dr. Jennifer Quinlan helped to develop the “Don’t Wash Your Chicken” campaign, as creative way to inform people about this mishandling.

I think this one will be very hard to overcome because we wash everything before cooking it. Everything. What if there is dirt on it? :P … However, the reasons behind the recommendation are: 1. It does not get rid of germs or kill germs. 2. Washing increases the chance of spreading those harmful bacteria and contaminating the kitchen, the environment, and the person.

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