November 28, 2021

CDC Says “Don’t Wash Your Turkey”

The U.S. Facilities for Illnesses Management and Prevention warns anybody getting ready a Turkey for his or her Thanksgiving dinner. “Don’t wash it.”

This is identical recommendation the CDC has been giving the general public since 2005. The federal meals security specialists defined that washing uncooked meats will increase the danger of cross-contamination and will result in meals poisonings like salmonella and campylobacter.

“Old recipes and family cooking traditions may keep this practice going, but it can make you and your family sick,” the company mentioned. “Poultry juices can spread in the kitchen and contaminate other foods, utensils, and countertops.”

The CDC provided ideas for dealing with your turkey the suitable means. First off, wash your arms in heat water and lather your arms for no less than 20 seconds earlier than and after dealing with uncooked turkey.

Then use a separate, designated chopping board for uncooked turkey. Guarantee to not put cooked meals or recent produce on a plate, chopping board, or any floor that beforehand touched uncooked turkey. 

Lastly, be sure you wash chopping boards, utensils, dishes, and counter tops with scorching, soapy water after getting ready the turkey and earlier than you put together the following dish.