It is advised that you do not wash the raw chicken as it doubles the risk of bacterial infection and contamination! – The purpose of this latest recommendation is to prevent the spread of bacteria that exists in flesh.
Washing chicken is not the issue; the problem is that we are doing it wrong.
Many users don’t know about this type of poisoning. A British agency for food standards conducted an online survey according to which about 44% of 4500 Britons who were involved in survey, washed chicken before cooking.
According to experts an environment is created by the water droplets which spread campylobacter. It is a bacterium which spreads on hands, clothing, kitchen utensils, work surfaces and appliances.
In an online survey it was found that, about 280,000 people suffer from this bacterium in UK annually. On the other hand only 28% people know about this bacterium. We mainly get Campylobacter from poultry and it is the most common type of food poisoning.
It is recommended by the Agency to avoid contact with raw poultry.
Although the symptoms from poisoning last for about a week but the bacteria can be fatal, especially for kids less than 5 years of age. Symptoms are diarrhea, abdominal pain, cramping, general fatigue and fever.
The infection can lead to long term health problems which include bowel syndrome and Guillain Barre.
- Avoid washing raw chicken meat.
- Keep the meat covered in a fridge or freezer.
- Store it in the lowest shelf of your fridge so that drops from meat do not fall on other food items.
- When cooking, make sure that the meat is well cooked or baked.
- During the preparation of meat, wash all the dishes, cutting boards, utensils and surfaces thoroughly.
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