USDA: Stop Washing Your Poultry
THE USDA SAYS DON'T WASH YOUR CHICKEN BEFORE COOKING IT TO PREVENT CROSS-CONTAMINATION
(CNN) – Before you cook up your favorite chicken dish; don’t wash it.
That’s the latest from the USDA.
They say you might actually get sick by doing it.
Well, a study of home cooks showed washing your poultry ends up affecting the cleanliness of nearby food.
It’s all about cross-contamination.
So, to stay safe the USDA says prep everything else first, then the chicken.
Then wipe down anything the chicken touched and make sure you cook your chicken to the right temperature.