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Washing Raw Chicken can Increase Cross Contamination

Discussion in 'Health & Nutrition' started by Slowcookmama, Jun 17, 2014.

  1. Slowcookmama

    Slowcookmama Active Member Member

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    I usually wash my chicken in a strainer before cooking. Now researchers are stating that this method can increase the risk of cross contamination. Washing raw chicken increases the risk of people developing food poisoning. I'm not really sold on the idea due to the fact that I have been washing my raw chicken for years without incident.

    http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news...ken-Cross-Contamination-Drexel-220340821.html
     
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    I never have washed my chicken before using it and actually never knew that people did. I have never had a problem with salmonella poisoning, although I always make sure to clean up after chicken juice or raw chicken touches anything.

    Oddly enough, I even own an iguana and have never run into any types of salmonella problems. Maybe I am lucky or maybe sometimes people over think it.
     
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    I have never encountered a problem with washing chicken before cooking. However, I do make sure that I thoroughly clean the area and surround area once I'm through. My mother soaks her chicken in vinegar to kill the germs. I have to get her exact recipe for that.
     
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    I always rinse off the chicken before use and never had any problems. Seems like anymore anything that we do is bad for us. I would just keep washing it off if you have done so for years and not worry about it.
     
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    I wash mine, too. I like to clean the chicken up a little more and remove any hairs, ect. that were missed.
     
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