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The Chicken Study

Thursday, September 05, 2013

from the TODAY show
Researchers at Drexel University say that rinsing your poultry before cooking can actually spread germs instead of eliminating them. TODAY contributor Giada De Laurentiis adds that the heat of the oven will kill bacteria, whereas washing chicken can contaminate the kitchen surfaces around you.

I like my chicken with less salmonella...
I'll just keep washing and clean off the counter afterwards.

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JAMER123 9/8/2013 1:02AM

    I made the same comment when I was watching the Today show. I am cautious when I wash the chicken but I may start keeping a antibacterial spray by the sink when I do have chicken. I was raised on the farm and we raised lots of chickens and spent the summer dressing and cleaning them. I am picky because of that.

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SIMONEKP 9/7/2013 10:02PM

    that's gross, meat should be washed before seasoning and cooking. I use either vinegar or lemon juice to clean my meat

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FIT4MEIN2013 9/6/2013 3:08PM

    I'm washing!

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KANOE10 9/6/2013 7:24AM

    I like to clean mine also! emoticon

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TERRI289 9/5/2013 11:21PM

    I agree with you!

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FUNLOVEN 9/5/2013 9:56PM

    I'm with you Sheryl! I heard the same news bit and the thought of not washing my chicken before I cooked it was YUK!

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CHACHAOREO 9/5/2013 9:56PM

    I agree!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/5/2013 9:14PM

    Yes, I've seen that and read it. Same with bagged lettuce. Hmmmm....think I"ll do the same and just keep rinsing it and cleaning up!


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TERMITEMOM 9/5/2013 8:22PM

    I wash my chicken in the sink and inside a big pot. If it touches the countertop, I disinfect with a bleach solution. I am not planning to change a thing...

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EXOTEC 9/5/2013 7:45PM

    I've always rinsed chicken, too. I don't imagine I'll stop now!

It's a good idea to disinfect working surfaces though. Naturally, everyone says so!
The next question is, what do you disinfect with? (now don't go crazy!) Bleach solution is the gold standard for this purpose. It's used in restaurants, foodservice, and medical laboratories. I use it, too. I make a concentration of 5% solution from standard household bleach, and wipe everything down with it. Nice disinfection of the sponge you use to wipe with, too. I use it in the bathroom as well.

Bleach will kill nearly anything. And it doesn't contaminate your food! I've been doing this for more years than I can count, no ill effects.

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ARTJAC 9/5/2013 7:10PM


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SEAJESS 9/5/2013 5:49PM

    Why either or? Why not both? Especially if you buy a plastic-wrapped chicken. I've never seen one of those come out a package not oozing.

Bacteria ARE everywhere. We need them to survive. As long as we control the harmful ones at critical interfaces, we're probably okay. So sterilize cutting boards, countertops and sinks and use a meat thermometer to be certain all meats have been cooked to a temperature that kills harmful bacterial.

Please don't use antibacterial soaps or misuse antibiotics; this promotes the growth of antibiotic resistant bacteria.


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EDWARDS1411 9/5/2013 5:41PM

    I saw the article and it said that washing helps spread any bacteria three feet away from the chicken - my Grans and everyone else I've known has always washed their chickens before cooking - how did we survive all the bacteria in the kitchen from them LOL???

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DONNABRIGHT 9/5/2013 5:10PM

    Me, too! I'll be sure to hold it lower in the sink to avoid splatter.

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MERRYMARY42 9/5/2013 4:19PM

    makes sense, but I will still wash my chicken inside and out, and disinfect my counter and cutting boards, noting new here, and of course the heat does great too, I do not want raw chicken emoticon

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GABIBEAR 9/5/2013 4:14PM

    HI Sheryl,

I heard that recently on a medical program. I still worry about not knowing who touched it before me and what condition their hands were in at the time! I think until I hear a lot more evidence, I'm with you!

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BARBARASDIET 9/5/2013 3:58PM

    I let the oven do the work...

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LAINYC 9/5/2013 3:22PM


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CJJANISS 9/5/2013 3:14PM

    I heard that on the news last night, I think....interesting! :)

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YOYOGRAN 9/5/2013 3:09PM

    This argument has been going on for years.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 9/5/2013 3:00PM

    I do what my Mom always did. Wash the chicken, check for feathers(hair) and sanitize the counters, sink and cutting board.

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KARRENLYNN 9/5/2013 2:55PM

    I'll be washing the counter too.


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-BLESSINGS- 9/5/2013 2:47PM

    WOW emoticon for sharing with us...

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    They have no idea what they are doing. How many times to they keep changing their minds over what is healthy and what is not. If you cook your meat the heat kills bacteria. That is logical. Washing the chicken or not it will be dead if you cook it. I always clean my counter tops after myself so not a problem. I also wash my chicken over the sink--not the counter top.

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MARITIMER3 9/5/2013 12:52PM

    I've never washed chicken, but scrub cutting boards, knives,l counter tops etc.

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JESSICABOOTY 9/5/2013 12:34PM

    I've heard the same thing too. Seems that washing them gets all the germs airborne and able to infect your whole kitchen. And woe to anyone passing through. So the chicken comes out of the wrapper and into the oven. Now what to do with all the wrappings which seem to be just as dangerous. Must we wear haz mat suits to cook dinner?

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WALLAHALLA 9/5/2013 12:23PM

    They invented Lysol for a reason...duh! Why would anyone not wash their counters? I really wonder about their "discoveries" sometimes. DUHU, a.k.a. Duh University, has way to many grads these days.

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REGILIEH 9/5/2013 12:12PM

    I will do the same, too old to teach me a new trick!

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NEW-CAZ 9/5/2013 11:53AM


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ILOVEMALI 9/5/2013 11:47AM

    Great tip!

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TINY67 9/5/2013 11:37AM


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PATTISTAMPS 9/5/2013 11:35AM

    I use a board which goes into the dishwasher immediately. then I clean the counter while the chicken is cooking... Overkill? Maybe, but my DH has an auto-immune disease and I try hard not to set off his immune responses! Lupus is NOT fun...

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    What would really be nice is a clean chicken to begin with, sans salmonella. I guess we can't have that!! LOL.

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DALID414 9/5/2013 11:16AM

    Umm... I'll stick to not cooking lol

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HELEN_BR 9/5/2013 11:03AM

    A guy on Dr. Oz said the same thing.

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FISHINGLADY66 9/5/2013 10:59AM

    Very interesting. Thanks for the info. I think I'll still wash my chicken also. Old habits are hard to break. LOL

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