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'Don't wash your chicken,' British food-safety watchdog warns
Toronto Sun ^ | June 17, 2014 | QMI Agency

Posted on 06/17/2014 2:23:20 PM PDT by rickmichaels

The U.K.'s Food Standards Agency (FSA) is warning consumers against washing raw chicken.

The FSA dedicated Food Safety Week 2014 to raising awareness about how to cook chicken safely. It came up with the slogan "Don't Wash Your Chicken," after an online survey found 44% of adults wash chicken before cooking.

An FSA flyer explains that raw chicken contains campylobacter, the most common cause of food poisoning in the U.K., and if a chicken is washed before it's cooked the bacteria spreads onto hands, work surfaces, clothing and cooking equipment through splashing water droplets.

The FSA says removing germs or dirt is the most commonly cited reason for washing chicken, but the agency says any bacteria on a chicken will be eliminated when it's cooked.

"Although people tend to follow recommended practice when handling poultry...our research has found that washing raw chicken is also common practice," FSA chief executive Catherine Brown told BBC. "That's why we're...raising awareness of the risks of contracting campylobacter as a result of cross-contamination."


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1 posted on 06/17/2014 2:23:20 PM PDT by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels

I heard of don’t choke your chicken, but this is the first time I heard don’t wash your chicken.


2 posted on 06/17/2014 2:24:45 PM PDT by sport
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To: rickmichaels

What about choking your chicken?


3 posted on 06/17/2014 2:24:56 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: rickmichaels

He won’t mind that — he doesn’t like to get cleaned up anyway.


4 posted on 06/17/2014 2:25:27 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: rickmichaels

I just toss mine in the dishwasher. Put a little dawn in there and blammo. Squeaky clean.


5 posted on 06/17/2014 2:26:05 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: rickmichaels

An FSA flyer explains that raw chicken contains campylobacter, the most common cause of food poisoning in the U.K., and if a chicken is washed before it’s cooked the bacteria spreads onto hands, work surfaces, clothing and cooking equipment through splashing water droplets.

Uhm....That’s why I clean everything in the kitchen when I cook....

Idiotic premise...


6 posted on 06/17/2014 2:26:19 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: rickmichaels

I’m sure the hell not going to wash it AFTER cooking it!!


7 posted on 06/17/2014 2:26:25 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: dfwgator

Apparently, if you cut off oxygen to your chicken for too long, you have to wash it...


8 posted on 06/17/2014 2:27:39 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: Vendome
Shhh, don't tell these ex-spurts about soap for hands and
10% bleach solution in a spray bottle for everything else.

Let them eat dirty chicken. lol

9 posted on 06/17/2014 2:29:15 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: GraceG
I use lemon-scented Dawn and click the button for 'High Temp Clean'.

When I take it out, I have freshly steamed lemon chicken!

10 posted on 06/17/2014 2:29:55 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: rickmichaels

The reason to brine the bird or a soak in vinegar and water......


11 posted on 06/17/2014 2:30:09 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (Had ENOUGH Yet ? ........................ Enforce the Bill of Rights ......... It's the LAW !!!)
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To: rickmichaels

If you don’t wash your chicken before choking it, do you still go blind? (Another myth ‘they’ pushed on us back in the day. About as truthful as sitting under a desk during a Nuclear Attack will save you).

Do ‘they’ still try to push the hair on palms theory?

I didn’t have sons so did NOT have to pass along these gems of advice.


12 posted on 06/17/2014 2:30:19 PM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98)"Better to keep your enemies inside peeing out, rather than keep them outside, peeing in.".)
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To: rickmichaels

Kosher salt.
Wet chicken, rub kosher salt all over, inside and out, and rinse.
It’ll kill everything.


13 posted on 06/17/2014 2:30:24 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Uninstall Fascist Firefox. Get Pale Moon.)
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To: sport

I’ll wash my chicken whenever I darned well please.


14 posted on 06/17/2014 2:34:42 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: rickmichaels
From my evolution book, "Darwin's Ghost" by Steve Jones ...

"Just a tenth of our bodies are human. Most of the rest belong to bacteria (although a few fungi, mites and worms leaven the mix."

Washing hands after hand washing raw chicken is what I'd recommend.

15 posted on 06/17/2014 2:34:43 PM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: Vendome
Mrs p6 can't stand it when I cook. I clean the counter, knives, sink, pans, EVERYTHING as I go.

Drives her NUTZ but that's a short drive after living with me for near 40 years....

16 posted on 06/17/2014 2:35:02 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Stop the Stupid!)
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To: rickmichaels

Who said to blast it with a fire hose? Sure, if the water is coming out of your faucet like that ... we wipe down all surfaces with a mild bleach solution and use only one cutting board for chicken.


17 posted on 06/17/2014 2:35:24 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read newspapers you are misinformed)
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To: rickmichaels

Be careful with the comments on this thread or they might pullet.


18 posted on 06/17/2014 2:35:53 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: rickmichaels

Well, of course not. That’s what the “Clean” setting on the oven is for. Think, people!


19 posted on 06/17/2014 2:36:09 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Ken H
Be careful with the comments on this thread or they might pullet.

Don't egg people on.

20 posted on 06/17/2014 2:36:47 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: OldNavyVet
Oops! I left something out. The Jones book says ...

"Just a tenth of the cells of our bodies are human. Most of the rest belong to bacteria (although a few fungi, mites and worms leaven the mix)."

21 posted on 06/17/2014 2:39:28 PM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: GraceG
There are recipes for cooking in your dish washer. Not kidding.
22 posted on 06/17/2014 2:40:11 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

Dishwasher Chicken

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifGYwTOrY40


23 posted on 06/17/2014 2:41:32 PM PDT by COUNTrecount (There's no there there.)
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To: Vendome

I guess they cannot figure out to wash the chicken under the sink faucet then transfer it to a plate or board before cooking then wash where the chicken has touched. I wash poultry and have never had water droplets slung ever which a way around the kitchen.


24 posted on 06/17/2014 2:41:54 PM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: Ken H

Stop egging people on.


25 posted on 06/17/2014 2:42:59 PM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: rickmichaels

I hate to break it to these geniuses, but that’s why you disinfect the countertop, sink, etc., and wash hands after preparing raw meat.


26 posted on 06/17/2014 2:43:08 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: prisoner6
Mrs p6 can't stand it when I cook. I clean the counter, knives, sink, pans, EVERYTHING as I go. Drives her NUTZ but that's a short drive after living with me for near 40 years....

To each his or her own, I guess. I cook that way. Hubby loves that I do, makes a lot less mess to clean up after we eat.

27 posted on 06/17/2014 2:43:35 PM PDT by Hoffer Rand (Bear His image. Bring His message. Be the Church.)
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To: RandallFlagg

“Kosher salt. Wet chicken, rub kosher salt all over, inside and out, and rinse. It’ll kill everything.”

Not only that, but salting the bird the night before, rinsing thoroughly, dusting the cavity with sage, then stuff with celery, carrot & onion (discarded after cooking) results in moist tender roast chicken with no dry white meat.


28 posted on 06/17/2014 2:44:27 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: GraceG
I just toss mine in the dishwasher. Put a little dawn in there and blammo. Squeaky clean.

You know there is a recipe for dishwasher salmon. I've never tried it.

29 posted on 06/17/2014 2:46:26 PM PDT by Hoffer Rand (Bear His image. Bring His message. Be the Church.)
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To: rickmichaels

And ya can’t go swimmin’ in a watermelon patch!

(But you can be happy if you’ve a mind to!)


30 posted on 06/17/2014 2:47:25 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: elcid1970

Oh, NOMS!


31 posted on 06/17/2014 2:47:37 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Uninstall Fascist Firefox. Get Pale Moon.)
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To: Hoffer Rand
makes a lot less mess to clean up after we eat.

BINGO! Like a camp...leave it better than you found it.

32 posted on 06/17/2014 2:48:29 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Stop the Stupid!)
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To: Billthedrill

“Be careful with the comments on this thread or they might pullet.”
“Don’t egg people on. “

I was going to say something obvious, but you made me chicken out.


33 posted on 06/17/2014 2:50:26 PM PDT by Avid Coug
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To: Vendome

As long as people get paid by the government (in this case, Britain’s) to scare people about literally everything they do, the scaring will never cease.


34 posted on 06/17/2014 2:51:01 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: rickmichaels

Don’t listen, the british don’t know how to cook anything and make it fit to eat!


35 posted on 06/17/2014 2:51:33 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: sport

Cook’m first and then pluck’m.

DON’T EAT THE FEATHERS!!


36 posted on 06/17/2014 2:52:25 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: The Antiyuppie
I’ll wash my chicken whenever I darned well please.

I'm waiting for Michelle to weigh in on this. Where is she anyway? Another vacation??? Is chicken on her list of approved food items?
37 posted on 06/17/2014 2:52:28 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Avid Coug

You have to stay a breast of the thread or the posters will fly the coop. You can’t catch a rebel, but you can cacciatore.


38 posted on 06/17/2014 2:54:38 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Hoffer Rand

Beer. Good for everything.

TC


39 posted on 06/17/2014 2:54:56 PM PDT by Pentagon Leatherneck
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To: dalereed

“Don’t listen, the british don’t know how to cook anything and make it fit to eat!”

My Welsh Grandmother cooked everything until it turned gray, Blees her soul. Gray meat, gray vegetables, everything gray! There was nothing left alive, including the flavor!


40 posted on 06/17/2014 3:07:48 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: The Antiyuppie

Ok.


41 posted on 06/17/2014 3:07:58 PM PDT by sport
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To: Billthedrill

The chicken poop is piling up in here fast!


42 posted on 06/17/2014 3:09:52 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: rickmichaels

I salt my chickens for an hour, then rinse. Inside and out with either kosher salt or sea salt.


43 posted on 06/17/2014 3:11:51 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: rickmichaels

My chickens will always prefer a bath to a shower. They claim
bathing makes it easier to keep the water out of their ears.


44 posted on 06/17/2014 3:13:08 PM PDT by Sivad (NorCal red turf)
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To: rickmichaels

My chickens will always prefer a bath to a shower. They claim
bathing makes it easier to keep the water out of their ears.


45 posted on 06/17/2014 3:13:37 PM PDT by Sivad (NorCal red turf)
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To: RandallFlagg
Kosher salt.
Wet chicken, rub kosher salt all over, inside and out, and rinse.

It sure as hell will not be Halal after you do that!

46 posted on 06/17/2014 3:23:54 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: rickmichaels

I’m going to cross the road to get away from this thread.


47 posted on 06/17/2014 3:24:12 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: rickmichaels

I always marinate my chickens overnight in beer-
It gets the chickens and the campylobacter both drunk. The campylobacter stagger all over the chicken and the chickens stagger all over the house .


48 posted on 06/17/2014 3:25:07 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: Sivad

Mine complain about chapped lips when I let them use the shower.


49 posted on 06/17/2014 3:36:37 PM PDT by DeepInTheHeartOfTexas
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To: prisoner6

I’m the same way. Drives me nuts if the kitchen is the least bit dirty.

The upside is we don’t waste the weekend cleaning.

Same with bathrooms, living rooms, hallways, windows.

I clean a little each day and ain’t nothing to do....


50 posted on 06/17/2014 3:38:15 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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