Chicken meat is consumed worldwide, either prepared at home or at a restaurant. Namely, when it comes to the preparation procedure, some people wash it previously in order to remove any bacteria.
However, is this right way to go? According to the FDA, washing chicken meat before preparing it increases the spread of the harmful bacteria, rather than removing them. Raw chicken contains bacteria that are harmful to human’s health. The two most common types of bacteria present in chicken are Salmonella and campylobacter, known to cause poisoning in northern America.
Salmonella poisoning can be detrimental. Most often, this bacterium is present in the intestines of birds. The most common symptoms of salmonella poisoning are fever, diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps. Diarrheal diseases, in the USA, are caused by campylobacter. This condition is known to cause excessive abdominal ache which can last up to 2 weeks. And, it can lead to long-term effects like arthritis and a very rare disease called Guillan-Barre syndrome.
The FDA explains that these bacteria cannot be washed with water. Hence, this means that you don’t remove the bacteria by washing it. What’s more, the bacteria actually spread through the water particles.
How to be on the safe side
- The chicken needs to be cooked well and steaming hot
- The chicken is safe for consumption if you cut a part and there is no pink meat and the juices are running clear
- Don’t store chicken meat at temperatures higher than 4 degrees Celsius because it attracts bacteria