Food Standards Agency - We are urging the public to stop washing raw chicken
Basically: Washing chicken spreads bacteria all over the place because people suck at actually being clean. Basically.
I have never heard of this, and I have never washed any meat before cooking it. Is this a common thing in the UK or European countries? Or even here in the states and I'm just not aware of it?FSA Chief Executive, Catherine Brown, said: 'Although people tend to follow recommended practice when handling poultry, such as washing hands after touching raw chicken and making sure it is thoroughly cooked, our research has found that washing raw chicken is also common practice. That’s why we’re calling on people to stop washing raw chicken and also raising awareness of the risks of contracting campylobacter as a result of cross-contamination.
It seems like common sense that it's going to be sanitary enough based on the fact that you're cooking it.. why is this step added into the process?
I've never seen much dirt on chicken, and cooking it pretty much kills the germs.. So.. why? Is it a "it feels cleaner" sort of thing? Do people do this with all meat??The most cited reasons people gave for washing chicken were the removal of dirt (36%), getting rid of germs (36%) and that that they had always done it (33%).
Usually, we get them in plastic bags, so when I'm cooking them I open the plastic shopping bag around it, cut it open, put the meat into the pan/pot, and tie the plastic bag back around the container and toss it. No mess, no fuss, and then you just wash your hands and voila.