A father and son clean the kitchen after cooking a meal

Cleaning Up

Raw poultry is home to harmful bacteria like Salmonella and Campylobacter, which can cause food poisoning. However, with careful handling and proper cooking, this is easily prevented.
  • Do not rinse or wash raw chicken before use, bacteria can spread to surfaces and utensils near your sink through water droplets.
  • Wash or sanitize all materials that come into contact with raw chicken. For example, counter tops, chopping boards and utensils.
  • Use a separate cutting board for produce and raw poultry to avoid cross contamination.
  • Always wash your hands with warm soapy water before and after handling raw poultry.
  • Never put an unwrapped chicken on the counter and always thaw a chicken in the fridge or submerged in cold water to avoid bacteria growth.