It’s normal to wash your veggies and fruits before you eat them. In fact, experts and doctors recommend that you wash them. But should we be washing raw chicken before we cook it? Your mother may have taught you to take this precautionary step, but it has now been revealed that washing raw chicken is not at all safe.
The reason for this is that water splashes. When you wash raw chicken, the water and juices on the chicken can get splashed out of the sink. The deadly bacteria from raw chicken can be splashed onto your countertops, onto your arms and clothing and onto other food that may not end up cooked. In that case, you will be accidentally consuming raw chicken bacteria, and this can be dangerous. It can even be life-threatening.
The FDA says that the worst bacteria of all that is found on raw chicken is called campylobacter. Most people have heard about E. coli and Salmonella, but campylobacter is not as well known. On the other hand, if you get sick from this bacteria, you will never forget it. It can cause serious vomiting, diarrhea and other health problems. This scary bacteria gets to approximately 1.3 million citizens in the United States every year. It has also been responsible for over 70 deaths per year. The next time you are making a dish with chicken, forget washing it to stay safe, or at least that’s what CNET suggests.