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Why you should never wash raw chicken
Washing raw chicken before cooking it can increase your risk of food poisoning from campylobacter bacteria.
Splashing water from washing chicken under a tap can spread the bacteria onto hands, work surfaces, clothing and cooking equipment.
Water droplets can travel more than 50cm in every direction. Only a few campylobacter cells are needed to cause food poisoning.
Campylobacter is the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK.
Most cases of campylobacter infection come from poultry. Recent studies have found over 50% of the chicken sold in the UK carries the bacteria.
Campylobacter poisoning can cause tummy pain, severe diarrhoea, and sometimes vomiting for between 2 and 5 days.
Find out more about the symptoms of food poisoning.
How to prevent campylobacter poisoning
1. Cover and chill raw chicken
Cover raw chicken and store it at the bottom of the fridge so juices cannot drip onto other foods and contaminate them.
2. Do not wash raw chicken
Cooking will kill any bacteria present, including campylobacter. Washing chicken can spread germs by splashing.
3. Wash used utensils
Thoroughly wash and clean all utensils, chopping boards and surfaces used to prepare raw chicken. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water after handling raw chicken. This helps stop the spread of campylobacter.
4. Cook chicken thoroughly
Make sure chicken is steaming hot all the way through before serving. Cut into the thickest part of the meat to check it's steaming hot with no pink meat and the juices run clear.