The Center for Disease Control and Prevention released a warning on April 26 urging Americans to stop washing chicken before cooking. After giving consumers a stern command, the CDC said washing chicken led to the spread of germs in the kitchen.

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"Don’t wash your raw chicken," the CDC said in a Twitter statement. "Washing can spread germs from the chicken to other food or utensils in the kitchen."

Don’t wash your raw chicken! Washing can spread germs from the chicken to other food or utensils in the kitchen.

— CDC (
CDCgov) April 26, 2019

On the CDC website, the organization further explained its reasoning behind the warning. The raw meat contains a cocktail of bacteria includingCampylobacter,SalmonellaandClostridium perfringens. There is only one way to truly get rid of the bacteria: cook the meat thoroughly.

All poultry products should be handled carefully, the CDC recommended. Put the chicken in a separate disposable bag when buying, cut it on its own designated cutting board and thoroughly wash hands when handling.

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Unsurprisingly, the recent news did not go over well — especially on Twitter. Users defended rinsing raw chicken while others condemned chicken washers for not knowing the practice led to a spread of germs.

This message is for white people. No way I’m not washing my chicken.

DJPRINCEDC) April 27, 2019

I don't care what CDC, ABC, NBC, BBC, whoever say! I'm still washing my raw chicken