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Why you should NEVER wash your Cock

posted May 29, 2015 20:29:00 by RickMatheson
Or Hen....
OH you bad bad pervs out there...
Thought the title would get your attention.

You may naturally rinse or wash raw chicken before you cook it, but did you know that washing raw chicken can actually be hazardous to your health? here's how...

Most people are aware of Salmonella and the risk of food poisoning associated with it, but salmonella isn't the threat we're about to discuss. The threat that we want to bring to your attention is called 'campylobacter' - the most commonly contracted form of food poisoning in the UK, which affects approximately 280,000 people every single year. Enough of a threat that the FSA (Food Safety Agency) has issued an urgent warning to STOP Washing Chicken.

Unfortunately, this bacteria is not limited geographically to the United Kingdom, it's quite prevalent in the United States as well and is one of the most common forms of food poisoning, the USA estimates that more than 2 MILLION people are affected by Campylobacter each year.

Studies have shown that 44% of the population washes raw chicken prior to cooking, thereby risking the spread of of campylobacter bacteria on multiple surfaces (hands, clothing, cooking utensils, counter tops and more) via splashing droplets of water.

Common symptoms of campylobacter poisoning include abdominal pain, severe diarrhea (often bloody), vomiting, irritable bowel syndrome, reactive arthritis, as well as a serious condition of the nervous system known as Guillain-Barré syndrome.
The center for disease control estimates that approximately one in every 1,000 reported Campylobacter illnesses leads to Guillain-Barré syndrome. As many as 40% of Guillain-Barré syndrome cases in this country (USA) may be triggered by campylobacteriosis.

The Naked Truth

A single drop of juice from raw poultry can have enough Campylobacter in it to infect a person! The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NAMRS) reported that Campylobacter was found on 47% of raw chicken samples bought in grocery stores tested POSITIVE for Campylobacter. Be aware that in addition to raw meat, the bacteria can also be present in the giblets, especially the liver.

The theory, according to the CDC and the Food Safety Agency is that approximately 50% of all raw poultry contains Campylobacter bacteria - when people wash it they inevitably spread the bacteria from the raw chicken to nearby surfaces when water droplets bounce off the raw poultry, thereby contaminating the surfaces (including counters, cutting boards, utensils, hands, arms, clothing, etc).
Since most people don't bleach the area, or they tend to wipe the area with a clean cloth, (rather than using hot soapy water), the bacteria are rapidly spread to other surfaces, where they multiply and cause cross contamination.

We aren't necessarily advocating NOT washing Chicken (although both the United States Food Safety Organization and the United Kingdom's Food Standards Agency advices against washing) just that people should be aware that it must be done carefully to avoid potential contamination & spread of a (sometimes fatal) bacteria that isn't well known, but is widespread.

Prevent the Spread

Do NOT Wash Raw Poultry Prior to Cooking.
Prevent Cross Contamination- Immediately wash any cutting boards/utensils that have come into contact with raw poultry Before using them to prepare any other foods.
In 2011, Campylobacter was found on 47% of raw chicken samples bought in grocery stores and tested through the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS). Campylobacter can also be present in the giblets, especially the liver



If you feel the need to Wash your Poultry:

Let's face it, sometimes you *MUST* wash poultry, the inside of turkeys before stuffing them, legs/thighs to remove bits of bone from butchering, etc. Here's how to do so safely"

Place the poultry in a colander in the center of the sink
Rinse using cold water turned on low, (to help prevent splashing)
Let the chicken set a few moments to fully drain off
Wash your hands with hot soapy water
Wash the surrounding counter areas with hot soapy water (A solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach in 1 gallon of water may be used to sanitize washed surfaces and utensils.)
Dry the counters/ surfaces thoroughly



Properly cooking poultry Effectively kills any potential bacteria (Salmonella, Campylobacter, etc) that is on the chicken, but taking these simple steps will ensure that you don't accidentally spread the bacteria prior to cooking.
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