Study Reveals Washing Chicken Spreads Disease

By: Anna-Lysa Gale Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gale Email

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY,Va. (WHSV) -- Many of us wash chicken before cooking it, but that may do more harm than good.

A new study shows washing chicken may be the wrong way of preparing it.

Researchers at Drexel University posted a video which showed the amount of germs that spreads when washing chicken by a sink.

It's a part of a campaign funded by the USDA to get people to stop soaking and rinsing their chicken.

"If there would happen to be salmonella in the chicken, it could be splashed onto the counter or other surfaces around the sink. The big thing with making sure that salmonella doesn't get is to cook the chicken to the proper temperature," said Linda Morrison, a dietitian with RMH.

That temperature is 165-degrees.

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