The holidays are a time for feasting, which means they are also a time for food poisoning.
A lot of people automatically think that good food hygiene comes down to washing which may be all well and good for your hands. But should you wash chicken before cooking?
Washing raw chicken or turkey is risky because it can spread bacteria onto your hands and other surfaces. Worse still, it could spread germs to other food in the vicinity.
Washing poultry is unnecessary, as proper cooking will kill any bacteria on it anyway.
Yet according to a survey by the Food Safety Information Council and the Australian Chicken Meat Federation, 49 per cent of cooks are still taking a risk with washing their chicken before they cook it.
"We are pleased that rates of washing raw whole chicken has reduced from 60 per cent to 49 per cent since we last asked this question in 2011," says Cathy Moir, chair of the Food Safety Information Council.
"But the message is that washing any raw poultry, whether it is chicken, duck, goose or the Christmas turkey, is both unsafe and unnecessary."
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