A study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) concludes that individuals should not wash or rinse raw poultry in their kitchens. The study shows that rinsing and washing raw poultry causes bacteria to spread easily to other surfaces and food. Of the participants who washed their raw poultry, 60% had bacteria in their sink after washing or rinsing the poultry. 14% still had bacteria in their sinks after they attempted to clean the sink. 26% of participants that washed raw poultry transferred bacteria from that raw poultry to their ready to eat salad lettuce. Therefore, they recommend preparing ready to eat foods such as salads first, cook the meat so that food pathogens will be destroyed, and most of all, keep washing the hands. 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. @ https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2019/08/20/washing-raw-poultry-our-science-your-choice
Should we wash raw poultry before cooking? USDA says NO
Washing Raw Poultry: Our Science, Your Choice
WASHINGTON, August 20, 2019 – A study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reveals that individuals are putting themselves at risk of illness when they wash or rinse raw poultry.