Like many people consider that washing RawChicken before cooking is safe, or even prevents sickness caused by food. In fact, it is not true. Washing raw chicken before cooking can increase your risk of Food poisoning from a type of bacteria named Campylobacter bacteria.
Splash water from washing chicken under a tap can spread the bacteria to hands, surfaces, clothing, and cooking equipment. As we all know water droplets can travel more than 50cm in any direction.
Campylobacter is the most common cause of food poisoning and it needs only a few cells to cause food poisoning. Most cases of campylobacter infection come from poultry and about 50% of the chicken sold in the market carries the bacteria.
According to a survey by the Food Standards Agency, total of 80% of people wash their Chicken before cooking them, increasing significantly the risk of food poisoning.
Campylobacter poisoning can cause stomach pain, severe diarrhea, and sometimes vomiting between two and five days. In convinced cases, it can also lead to irritable bowel syndrome, reactive arthritis and Guillain-Barre syndrome.
According to the study conducted by Rachel Ewing an officer for News and Health at Drexel University.
You should consider that if you have chicken, you have either Campylobacter or Salmonella bacteria on it, if not both,” said food safety a researcher. These two bacteria, she mentioned, are the leading causes of food-borne illness. “If you wash it, you’re more likely to spray bacteria all over the kitchen and yourself.” And the water you would use to rinse the chicken is not hot enough to kill bacteria present on that.
People are fond of to the idea of washing raw poultry, for a wide variety of reasons.
According to a group study, “Some think they’re cleaning off germs, or “Some just want to get slime off, or feel like it’s dirty.”
In reality washing uncooked chicken increases the danger by spreading injurious bacteria to the sink and surrounding surfaces through a process called Aerosolization. If we eat any food being prepared on those surfaces, could fall sick through the cross-contamination, and there’s simply no need to wash the chicken as cooking it to a high temperature will kill the bacteria.
Here are some steps so that you can avoid Food poisoning!
- How to prevent Food poisoning?
Better way remove slime, if desired is to wipe gently with a kitchen paper and then throw the paper away.
- Cover and freeze raw chicken:
Cover raw chicken and store it at the bottom of the fridge so juices don’t ooze on to other foods and pollute them.
- Don’t wash uncooked chicken:
Cooking meat will kill all the bacteria present, including campylobacter, while washing can spread germs by splashing of water which is used to wash chicken.
- Wash used utensils:
Wash all the used utensils and surfaces used to wash raw chicken. Wash hands with warm water after handling raw chicken. This helps stop the spread of the campylobacter.
- Cook chicken well:
Make sure chicken is hot all the way throughout before serving. Cut into the inner part of the meat to check that it’s steaming hot with no pink meat and the juices run clear.
- Storing chicken:
We have to Store cooked and raw food separately.
Raw foods should be kept on a lower shelf in the fridge, and wrapped in plastic, raw meats should be placed in a tray, or placed in a sealed container, to avoid meat juices falling onto other food.
Uncooked chicken should be stored in a refrigerator maximum at 4ºC temperature.