While washing food stuff before cooking is a common practice, health experts have warned that washing chicken before cooking should be avoided as it increases the risk of food poisoning.
The British Food Standards Agency has issued a call to the public to stop the practice, as more than two-fifths of cooks say that they wash chicken as part of their food preparations, News.com.au reported.
Campylobacter bacteria is responsible for the majority of cases of food poisoning and the FSA said four out of every five cases are caused by contaminated chicken, where in most cases people suffer from abdominal pain, severe diarrhoea and vomiting, some cases can lead to more significant health problems.
FSA chief executive Catherine Brown said that although people tend to follow recommended practice when handling poultry, such as washing hands after touching raw chicken and making sure it is thoroughly cooked, their research has found that washing raw chicken is also common practice.
Brown added that they are leading a campaign that brings together the whole food chain, which includes working with farmers and producers to reduce rates of campylobacter.