A new USDA study says that washing your chicken actually increases your chance of bacterial infection.
Apparently, washing raw poultry in your kitchen makes it easier for bacteria, like salmonella, to spread to other food and surfaces.
The spread of harmful bacteria is caused by a process known as aerosolization.
When you wash your chicken, bacteria can cling onto the water droplets that splatter around the sink.
The study found 60 percent of participants contaminated their inner sinks after washing raw chicken.
14 percent of sinks still had traces of bacteria even after attempted sanitation.
Also, in some cases, the bacteria showed up in participants’ food.
To cut down risk, the USDA recommends you prepare foods that will not be cooked before handling raw poultry or other meat.
After, they encourage you to thoroughly sanitize and clean all surfaces and utensils.
Lastly, it’s recommended that all raw meat should be cooked to a safe internal temperature.