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Researchers: Stop washing your raw chicken!

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About 90 percent of people wash raw chicken before they cook it. But some experts are trying to convince them to stop.

Researchers from Drexel University in Philadelphia said washing poultry is a huge mistake.

They said rinsing off the chicken before putting it in a pan or the oven may actually do more harm than good because water splatters and those droplets carry bacteria like salmonella with them.

Some people wash because they believe they're cleaning off germs. Others just want to get the slime off. But the researchers said the best protection against bacteria is making sure the chicken is cooked thoroughly.

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