Skip to comments.'Don't wash your chicken,' British food-safety watchdog warns
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."
I heard of don’t choke your chicken, but this is the first time I heard don’t wash your chicken.
What about choking your chicken?
He won’t mind that — he doesn’t like to get cleaned up anyway.
I just toss mine in the dishwasher. Put a little dawn in there and blammo. Squeaky clean.
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....
I’m sure the hell not going to wash it AFTER cooking it!!
Apparently, if you cut off oxygen to your chicken for too long, you have to wash it...
Let them eat dirty chicken. lol
When I take it out, I have freshly steamed lemon chicken!
The reason to brine the bird or a soak in vinegar and water......
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.
Wet chicken, rub kosher salt all over, inside and out, and rinse.
It’ll kill everything.
I’ll wash my chicken whenever I darned well please.
"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.
Drives her NUTZ but that's a short drive after living with me for near 40 years....
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.
Be careful with the comments on this thread or they might pullet.
Well, of course not. That’s what the “Clean” setting on the oven is for. Think, people!
Don't egg people on.
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