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Chicken Check

By New You Editorial
Posted On Feb 09, 2013

New You Health Tip: Wash your hands and not your meat, to ensure a meal free of disease causing pathogens.

Consumers must forget the common misconception that washing meat is a good idea. The latest CDC study determined that chicken is the culprit most likely to kill you, while leafy greens are most likely to make you ill. But the good news is if your wash your hands instead of your bird, and ensure that it is properly packaged, the risk of death from leading pathagens (norovirus, salmonella) is extremely rare. The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) guidelines recommend that consumers first ensure their chicken is completely sealed before taking it home, and then leave it unwashed: The reality is that most of the bacteria is too tightly attached to be removed, and as a result of contaminated water splashing, other types of bacteria can spread to kitchen surfaces. Instead, make sure to wash your hands, cook the meat at the proper temperature, and store the leftovers in the refrigerator within two hours.