Julia Child Was Wrong: Don’t Wash Your Raw Chicken, Folks

Saw this post on a recent NPR blog and I thought I’d share: Julia Child Was Wrong: Don’t Wash Your Raw Chicken, Folks : The Salt : NPR. If you’ve ever wondered, “Should I wash raw chicken?,” you now have a definitive answer!

“There’s no reason, from a scientific point of view, to think you’re making it any safer,” she says, “and in fact, you’re making it less safe.”

That’s because washing increases the chances that you’ll spread the foodborne pathogens that are almost certainly on your bird all over the rest of your kitchen too, food safety experts say. We’re talking nasty stuff like salmonella and Campylobacter, which together are estimated to cause nearly 1.9 million cases of foodborne illness in the U.S. each year.

Some studies suggest bacteria can fly up to 3 feet away from where your meat is rinsed — though you can’t necessarily see it.

Read more on the original post on NPR’s The Salt.

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