Thursday 28 January 2021

You Should Never Wash Raw Chicken Before Cooking it

You should never wash raw chicken before cooking it
You should never wash raw chicken before cooking it

QHEALTH – Chicken is consumed by people all over the planet. In Costa Rica “pollo” is a staple food item at home and in restaurants.  Pollo frito is perhaps the most common. And many of those people before cooking it, they wash it. They do that in order to eliminate the bacteria that raw chicken has, because the bacteria that raw chicken contains can be harmful to humans.

But what if washing your chicken before cooking is actually doing the opposite?

- Advertisement -

According to the Food Standards Agency in the UK, washing your chicken can increase the spread of those harmful bacteria rather than eliminating them.

This you may think is nonsense, but here is why washing raw chicken might be harmful for your health.

Like me already known, raw chicken is full of bacteria that can cause many troubles to human’s life. Two most common types of bacteria that caused food poisoning in North America are from campylobacter and salmonella. Both can be found in raw and uncooked chicken.

Salmonella can cause many troubles to humans, and it can even lead to death in some cases. This group of bacteria is commonly found in the intestines of birds. Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever and abdominal cramps are the symptoms.

- Advertisement -

In the United States the leading cause of diarrheal illness is campylobacter. Causing extreme abdominal pain, this illness can even last up to almost two weeks. From exposure to campylobacter long term effects have been reported such as arthritis and development of a rare disease called Guillan-Barre syndrome (40% of Guillan-Barre syndrome cases in the United States are attritubed to exposure to campylobacter).

What the Food Standards Agency claims is that campylobacter cannot be eliminated with water, so that means washing uncooked chicken that contains campylobacter will not be eliminated but it will be even worse then, because that way the bacteria will spread through water particles.

Here is how to avoid food poisoning

All you will have to do in order to eliminate all the harmful bacteria in your chicken is you make sure you cooked it well, and before serving it to be steaming hot. You can check also by cutting into the thickest part of the meat and if there is no pink meat and all the juices run clear, your chicken is safe to eat.

Remember to never store your chicken at higher temperature than 4 degrees Celsius, because chicken in higher temperature is a magnet for bacteria.

- Advertisement -

We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

Q24N is an aggregator of news for Latin America. Reports from Mexico to the tip of Chile and Caribbean are sourced for our readers to find all their Latin America news in one place.

Related Articles

OIJ Takes Down Powerful Drug Gang Led By “Pollo”

Q COSTA RICA - It was minutes after the 4:00am when...

More Investment In Costa Rica For Cargill

Q COSTA RICA - The multinational food company Cargill not only...


Government reaches three-year deal with the IMF

QCOSTARICA - The Government of Carlos Alvarado reached a fiscal adjustment agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday, which will allow the...

130 laboratories have authorization to perform covid-19 tests in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Health and the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) joined forces to provide facilities to people who want or need...

IMF loan must be approved in the Assembly no later than the beginning of June

QCOSTARICA - The Legislative Assembly must approve the US$1.75 billion dollar "soft" loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) no later than the beginning...

Cuba intends to have its vaccine against covid-19 ready in 2021

TODAY CUBA – Havana. It’s a gamble that may sound crazy, but experienced Cuban researchers have focused on the task of developing the first...

Biden administration braces for new wave of migrants as it rolls out new immigration plans

Q REPORTS - Hours after being sworn in as president, U.S. President Joe Biden reversed several Donald Trump immigration policies by executive action, marking...

About 29,000 small businesses disappeared in one year

QCOSTARICA - About 29,000 microenterprises disappeared in 2019, according to the latest figures by the National Institute of Statistics and Census of Costa Rica...

Costa Rica and Panama in times of Coronavirus

The worldwide pandemic has devastated the world’s health care systems. Poorer and underdeveloped countries have especially been hit hard by the current health crisis. For...

Strong winds prevent fire control and generate falling trees and short circuits

QCOSTARICA - Strong winds, generated by the influence of cold push number 12, prevented the firefighters from controlling a fire in vegetation registered in...

Alleged Colombian narco wanted by the United States was arrested in Escazú

QCOSTARICA - Agents from the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) stationed at the Interpol-San José National Central Office detained, this Friday, a 51-year-old Colombian...

Want to stay up to date with the latest?

We would love to hear from you! Please fill in your details and get updates daily in your mailbox. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.