Don't wash your raw chicken, CDC says

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  • cmbennett1 Stafford, VA
    May 4, 2019 10:26 a.m.

    I have never rinsed chicken before cooking I also doubt that many restaurants do either.

  • Barry Berkman Salt Lake City, UT
    May 4, 2019 8:05 a.m.

    I've heard this warning before. But the explanation made more sense than this. It seems like they've left out some information this time around.

    It's not that you might contaminate the sink from contact or dripping. It's because as you are running the chicken under a running faucet the bacteria is becoming airborne/aerosolized and can spread throughout your kitchen. This is the same principle that explains why fecal material is found on toothbrushes -- flushing the toilet aerosolizes the water in the bowl along with whatever might be floating around in it.

    I still see the sense in rinsing chicken, especially if you're preparing a large amount for a cookout or something. It does remove some or all of the bacteria on the surface so that at least there is less risk of contact contamination between kitchen and grill, or while handling the chicken during prep. Only, perhaps instead of holding it under running water, maybe a quick dip in a bowl of water with lemon juice, vinegar or even a very tiny, tiny amount of bleach. At least that way you can pour the bacteria water down a drain and clean up a more consolidated area afterward.

  • andyjaggy American Fork, UT
    May 3, 2019 3:44 p.m.

    I was shocked to hear the CDC recommends not washing your chicken. Shocked because I didn't realize this was something people actually did.

    Unless your chicken has visible dirt on it (it won't if you buy it from a store) then what good does anyone hope to accomplish by washing their chicken in luke warm water? Here is a hint, it won't do anything that a 400 degree pan for 10 minutes isn't going to do about 5,000 times better. You really are only increasing your risk of spreading bacteria around the kitchen.

  • THEREALND Mishawaka, IN
    May 3, 2019 1:43 p.m.

    I am always going to rinse my chicken before cooking. In an empty sink which gets wash when I am done. Not sure how that could possibly contaminate other utensils.

    I will never shower with my chicken.