Consequences of washing chicken before cooking: May increase the risk of infection by campylobacter bacteria.
It is dangerous to wash chicken. In fact, it is a very common practice in many houses, which, far from being recommended, is at least not recommended.
And it seems that washing chicken before cooking increases the risk of spreading campylobacter bacteria on hands, clothing, kitchen work surfaces and utensils through splashing water droplets.
Among the most common reasons why people wash chicken before cooking it, we find the elimination of possible germs that the animal may have, or because it had simply been done before (that is, it has become a more common habit). Than in a hygiene procedure).
Bacteria belonging to the Campylobacter genus are usually transmitted precisely through contaminated food and water (such as raw poultry, fresh vegetables or unpasteurized milk), and can infect the digestive tract and cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.
The symptoms tend to appear between one to seven days after ingestion of the contaminated food or foods, and it is common for the diarrhea to be liquid at first, later to contain some blood and mucus. Sometimes abdominal pain tends to be one of the most serious symptoms, since it is common to confuse this infection with a pancreas problem or appendicitis.
How to prevent campylobacter infection?
In reality, it is very simple, since, as the FSA indicates, one of the keys is not to wash the chicken before cooking it, but to cook it well and eat it while the meat is still hot.
On the other hand, after having touched raw meat it is advisable to thoroughly wash your hands, clean the cutting boards, the countertop and the different kitchen utensils that have come into contact with raw meat, always with hot water and soap.