Washing chicken said to spread infection

Jun 16, 2014, 6:43 AM EDT
The United Kingdom's food watchdog has urged consumers to stop washing chicken before they cook it to avoid contaminating their kitchen with Campylobacter – the most common type of food poisoning in the U.K.
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Consumers are being warned to stop washing raw chicken as doing so increases the risk of food poisoning. An online survey of 4,500 UK adults by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) found 44% washed chicken before cooking. But it warns this spreads campylobacter bacteria onto hands, work surfaces, clothing and cooking equipment, through the splashing of water droplets.
Background:
Washing chicken 'spreads infection' [BBC]
Don't wash chicken before cooking it, warns Food Standards Agency [The Guardian]

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