Washing Chicken Spreads Germs Raw chicken can have germs that cause food poisoning. If you wash chicken, you can spread those germs to your sink.
And washing doesn’t kill the germs on the chicken. Even if you clean your sink, you may not get rid of all the germs. Watch out!
The sink isn’t as clean as it looks. If you rinse fruits and vegetables later, germs from the sink can splash onto the food. Now those foods aren’t safe to eat and can make you sick. Washing chicken doesn’t get rid of germs.
Cook chicken to an internal temperature of 165°F to kill germs. Use a food thermometer to check.
Learn more: www.cdc.gov/foodsafety