Washing raw poultry increases risk of illness, USDA study


No matter what your mom or grandmother told you, washing raw chicken and poultry can increase the risk of getting sick.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture found it’s hard to thoroughly clean everywhere the poultry may come in contact with.

“Even when consumers think they are effectively cleaning after washing poultry, this study shows that bacteria can easily spread to other surfaces and food,” said Mindy Brashears, Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that millions of Americans are sickened with foodborne illnesses each year, resulting in roughly 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths.

You can read the summary for yourself here.

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