CDC Advises Consumers NOT to Wash Chicken

CDC Advises Consumers NOT to Wash Chicken

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that during washing, chicken juices can spread in the kitchen and contaminate other foods, utensils, and countertops.

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On April 26, the The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tweeted the following: Don’t wash your raw chicken! Washing can spread germs from the chicken to other food or utensils in the kitchen. https://go.usa.gov/xmTqz 
 
That tweet caused quite a backlash, enough so that on April 29 CDC followed that tweet up with: We didn’t mean to get you all hot about not washing your chicken! But it’s true: kill germs by cooking chicken thoroughly, not washing it. You shouldn’t wash any poultry, meat, or eggs before cooking. They can all spread germs around your kitchen. Don’t wing food safety!
 
As part of CDC's list of recommendations on its website for preventing food poisoning, they write.
Do not wash raw chicken. During washing, chicken juices can spread in the kitchen and contaminate other foods, utensils, and countertops.