(WTXL) — A second national organization has come forward with a study revealing that individuals are putting themselves at risk of illness when they wash or rinse raw poultry.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a study shows that when you was raw chicken the bacteria can easily spread to other surfaces and foods while you are rinsing them.
Back in April, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also put out an alert to consumers on Twitter advising people not to wash raw chicken.
The CDC said when juices from the raw poultry can spread in the kitchen and contaminate other foods, utensils, and countertops with germs and bacteria like salmonella, campylobacter, and clostridium perfringens.
The USDA and CDC recommend these options to help prevent illness when preparing poultry, or meat, in your home:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that millions of Americans are sickened with foodborne illnesses each year, resulting in roughly 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths.
More information about this study is available in an executive summary.