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The CDC shared a link to a series of tips on eliminating food poisoning while cooking at home in a tweet on April 26.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a cooking tip for you — don’t wash your raw chicken before cooking it.

The CDC shared a link to a series of tips on eliminating food poisoning while cooking at home in a tweet on April 26.

  • “Don’t wash your raw chicken! Washing can spread germs from the chicken to other food or utensils in the kitchen,” according to the CDC.
  • “Americans eat more chicken every year than any other meat,” the CDC said. “Chicken can be a nutritious choice, but raw chicken is often contaminated with Campylobacter bacteria and sometimes with Salmonella and Clostridium perfringens bacteria. If you eat undercooked chicken or other foods or beverages contaminated by raw chicken or its juices, you can get a foodborne illness, which is also called food poisoning.”

The CDC recommends putting raw chicken in a disposable bag before you put it in the shopping cart or the refrigerator, according to Fox News.

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You’ll also want to wash your hands with soapy water and use a separate cutting board when handling. And, of course, never put cooked food or products on the same spot as uncooked chicken.

If you really want to clean the chicken, you’ll want to cook it to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, according to USA Today.

  • “Although the CDC didn't respond to a question about what to do if you drop the chicken and if the five-second rule would apply, it noted raw chicken often is contaminated with campylobacter bacteria and sometimes with salmonella and clostridium perfringens bacteria,” according to USA Today.