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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) certainly had some cooks steaming over their tweet last week that advised consumers to stop washing raw chicken before cooking it. The April 26 tweet received nearly 1,000 comments and 1,600 retweets, with many weighing in over whether or not to follow the health agency’s advice.

“We didn’t mean to get you all hot about not washing your chicken!” the agency tweeted on April 29. “But it’s true: kill germs by cooking chicken thoroughly, not washing it. You shouldn’t wash any poultry, meat, or eggs before cooking. They can spread germs around your kitchen. Don’t wing food safety!”

Not all were anti-CDC advice, however, with user Jen Barrows writing that she planned to print out the directions to show her husband, who “INSISTS that I have to wash the chicken before I cook it. Anything on chicken will be cooked out if cooked to right temp, and no one wants to eat underdone poultry.”

The initial advice warned against washing chicken before cooking it in an effort to prevent bacterial germs from spreading to surrounding cooking areas or produce…Continue Reading


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