Don’t Wash Your Raw Chicken

Julia Child Was Wrong: Don’t Wash Your Raw Chicken, Folks  
August 23, 2013
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/08/27/213578553/julia-child-was-wrong-don-t-wash-your-raw-chicken-folks

“There’s no reason, from a scientific point of view, to think you’re making it any safer,” she says, “and in fact, you’re making it less safe.”

That’s because washing increases the chances that you’ll spread the foodborne pathogens that are almost certainly on your bird all over the rest of your kitchen too, food safety experts say. We’re talking nasty stuff like salmonella and Campylobacter, which together are estimated to cause nearly 1.9 million cases of foodborne illness in the U.S. each year.

Some studies suggest bacteria can fly up to 3 feet away from where your meat is rinsed — though you can’t necessarily see it.

But fear not: All you have to do to kill these unwanted bacteria is to cook your meat properly (a thermometer can help — chicken needs to reach an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit) and keep your utensils and cooking surfaces clean.

Don’t Wash Your Chicken! Germ-Vision Animation
Mar  5, 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZXDotD4p9c
The NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences “Brings Science to Your Life” through academics, research, and New Mexico’s Cooperative Extension Service.

see also:
https://franzcalvo.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/how-safe-is-our-meat-audio

How Safe Is Our Meat?

How Safe Is Our Meat?
February 17, 2013
http://www.npr.org/2013/02/17/172263751/-how-safe-is-our-meat

Twenty years ago this week, a toddler named Riley Detwiler died from exposure to E. coli, one of four children who succumbed to an outbreak that sickened hundreds in the Northwest.
That event took the country by surprise and cast a bright light on the problem of food-borne illness.
Host Jacki Lyden speaks with Riley’s father, Darin Detwiler; Carol Tucker, foreman of the Food Policy Institute; former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy; and New York Times journalist Michael Moss.

hamburgers contain meet from … sources

 0157:H7 strain of E. coli

see also:
https://franzcalvo.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/dont-wash-your-raw-chicken