Many people around the world have the common culinary custom to wash the chicken thoroughly before cooking.
However, we are here to warn that washing raw chicken before cooking can pose a serious health threat due to splashing tap water can disperse bacteria chicken ( Campylobacter by example) in your hands, clothes and cooking utensils. In fact, water droplets can fall as far as 50 cm in all directions, and only several cells of Campylobacter takes to cause food poisoning.
The most common cause of food poisoning is this bacterium that is leading to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fever and vomiting. The symptoms of this serious condition usually appear 2-5 days after eating contaminated food. Symptoms usually go away without treatment over the same period. Campylobacter infection can trigger irritable bowel syndrome, reactive arthritis, miscarriage and Guillain-Barre syndrome in some of the most serious cases.
Groups particularly at risk are young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, especially those affected by HIV and cancer.
wash raw chicken, especially blood residues, does not mean it cleaner and free of bacteria. Only this reason, when the chicken is cooked properly.
Freeze the pieces of raw chicken down the amount of Campylobacter, but not completely eliminated. The surest way to eliminate Campylobacter background is cooking chicken properly.
After the results of a survey by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) showed that 44% of people still wash chicken before cooking, a warning sensitization against food poisoning Campylobacter was issued by the authorities.
Prevent Campylobacter poisoning
cover and raw cold chicken
Cover and store raw chicken at the bottom of the refrigerator to prevent juices from dripping on other foods and thus contaminate them. Thus, the risk of food poisoning Campylobacter is minimized.
Do not wash raw chicken
cooking, ie high temperature will destroy any bacteria present, including Campylobacter. Furthermore, washing the chicken can only spread germs.
wash utensils used
also need to wash and clean all utensils thoroughly, joints and surfaces used in the preparation of cutting raw chicken. Wash your hands thoroughly using soap and warm water as this also prevents the spread of Campylobacter.
Cook chicken thoroughly
According to all the above facts, proper cooking is essential to eliminate any risk of food poisoning Campylobacter. Their chicken should be hot all the way through before serving. Make sure the chicken is very hot and is not pink, raw meat by the deep cut in the thickest part. Juices should be clear.