It's easy to assume that a developed country like the USA, with its strong antibacterial focus, would produce poultry that is safe to eat, but this is not the case. A raw supermarket chicken is possibly the most contaminated item you will handle all week.

Natalia Jones, Ed.

Do you normally wash chicken before cooking? If so, you should probably stop, at least that’s what the latest consumer research by the USDA recommends, claiming that washing chicken and handling it with bare hands may significantly increase one’s likelihood of contracting food-borne illnesses. For an explanation of why this is the case and recommendations on the safest way of handling raw chicken, continue reading.