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How 26 percent of participants transferred bacteria from raw chicken to their salads

A recent study from the USDA further demonstrates that individuals are putting themselves at risk of illness when they wash or rinse raw poultry.

22 August 2019, at 9:40am

The debate on whether or not to wash raw poultry is a fierce one, but until recently it was not a debate backed by science. A recent study from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) further demonstrates that individuals are putting themselves at risk of illness when they wash or rinse raw poultry.

“During this year’s study, 26 percent of participants that washed raw poultry transferred bacteria from that raw poultry to their ready to eat salad lettuce,” said Dr. Mindy Brashears, the USDA’s Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety. “Fortunately, small changes in the kitchen can lead to big health benefits for you and your family. Not washing meat and poultry reduces your risk of cross-contamination and can keep your family safe from foodborne illness.”

Many individuals may be unknowingly contaminating foods and causing illness for themselves or their family members. The good news is that the USDA has a few easy options to help prevent illness when you are preparing meat and poultry.

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