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New research says washing chicken could be harmful

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For years, cooking advice has frequently incluced tips on washing chicken before cooking it.

Well, this may be hard to swallow, but according to new research, washing the chicken before you pop it in the pan or oven may actually do more harm than good.

A new study from Drexel University says washing and rinsing off the poultry is a potentially huge mistake.

Water splatters up to 2.3' from the spigot. Those droplets carry with them bacteria like salmonella.

The number one protection, according to the experts: Make sure the chicken is thoroughly cooked.

The average American eats 81 pounds a year.

So what's this mean for us chicken cookers? It's now more important than ever to make sure we're preparing our chicken the right way -- or our goose will be cooked too.


By Joe Cronauer, WKYC-TV


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