Centers For Disease Control Issues Warning About Chicken

Don’t wash your raw chicken. Health officials issued the warning recently to consumers, advising against washing chicken due to the risk of spreading bacteria.

In a tweet sent out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there was a link to a list of steps that can help decrease the chances of food poisoning while cooking chicken.

“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 bag you can discard before putting it in the shopping cart or refrigerator, washing hands or using hand sanitizer, using a separate cutting board, and do not place cooked food or fresh produce near raw chicken. You should also use a thermometer to test the food temperature.

The elderly, young children, and pregnant women have a higher risk of developing a serious illness. If you develop food poisoning and your temperature is above 102 degrees or if you have ongoing diarrhea or vomiting, you should see your doctor.

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