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Common cooking practice may cause food poisoning

 LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- According to Medical News Today, washing raw chicken greatly increases the risk of food poisoning.   

The Food Standards Agency in the United Kingdom reports the bacteria commonly found in chicken, campylobacter, is responsible for over 280,000 incidences of illness each year.

Campylobacter is a microaerophilic Gram-negative bacteria frequently found in raw meat, particularly chicken.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, campylobacter can cause symptoms of diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, and fever within two to five days after ingesting the bacteria.

When washing raw meat, bacteria in the chicken can spread through water droplets infecting other food or utensils in the kitchen.

Registered Dietician for Gundersen Health System, Valerie Pampuch, says washing raw meat before cooking just isn't necessary.

"There's no reason to run any chicken or raw meat products under the faucet," says Pampuch. "The cooking process kills all the microbacteria that is harmful for us."

As a part of Food Safety Week, the Food Standards Agency plans to create awareness of the dangerous bacteria by asking TV food shows not to wash raw chicken on air.

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