CDC Do Not Wash Chicken

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) took to social media on Thursday and posted an advisory against washing your chicken, turkey, or other poultry.

The caption on the Instagram post read:

#DYK? You should not wash raw chicken.

During washing, chicken juices can spread in the kitchen and contaminate other food, utensils, and countertops. 

See the original post below.

The CDC also released this short video to drive their point home.

Now, I immediately had two thoughts when I saw this post.

My first thought was: This post is going to garner quite a bit of reaction and/or spark a spirited debate about whether or not you should wash your meats.

The second thought was: Who was the braveheart at the CDC who decided to use a person of color in the advisory about not washing your chicken?!?

Needless to say, I wasn’t the only one who had those thoughts and I was right about the response to the post.

One commenter wrote, “I love how the illustration shows a person of color lol let me tell you something, we POC) are going to wash our meat and then we are going to bleach the hell out of all of the surfaces around where said meat was washed.”

Another commenter added, “Who runs this account?”

Read a few more comments and reactions below.

CDC responses to not washing chicken
CDC responses to not washing chicken
CDC responses to not washing chicken

What are your thoughts on the CDC’s recommendation to stop washing your meats?

Do you wash your chicken, turkey, and poultry?

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