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UK advises consumers against washing chicken

Published on Jun 16, 2014 7:50 PM
 
British authorities advised consumers on Monday against washing chicken saying that, contrary to common belief, the practice could lead to food poisoning. -- PHOTO: ST FILE 

LONDON (AFP) - British authorities advised consumers on Monday against washing chicken saying that, contrary to common belief, the practice could lead to food poisoning.

The stern warning was aimed at the 44 per cent of Britons who wash raw chicken before cooking it, according to a survey by the British Food Safety Authority (FSA).

Washing raw chicken can spread campylobacter bacteria, the most common cause of food poisoning in Britain - though just 28 per cent of the 4,540 adults surveyed had heard of it.

The most common reasons given for washing chicken were the belief that it removes dirt and bacteria, and because it was a family tradition.

 
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