Washing Raw Chicken: Prof Talks to CTV

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Prof. Keith WarrinerProf. Keith Warriner talked to CTV News on May 31 about why chicken should never be washed.

Most consumers wash chicken and pat it dry before cooking, but Warriner said this is not the safest practice in your kitchen. He explained that cooking kills most bacteria, and that rinsing raw chicken under the tap makes it easier for bacteria to spread into sinks and onto work surfaces and utensils.

The article also addressed washing of other foods such as bagged lettuce, rice and vegetables.

Warriner studies E.coli, fresh produce and food safety.