The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning consumers not to wash raw chicken.
On April 26th, the CDC tweeted that doing so can spread germs from the chicken to other food or utensils.
“Don’t wash your raw chicken! Washing can spread germs from the chicken to other food or utensils in the kitchen,” said the CDC on Twitter.
But some social media users didn’t take the advice very well.
“I’ll keep washing mine, thank you. And washing my hands and sink,” said Jocelyn Dorsey.
“This is terrible advice,” tweeted Meliann Lew.
After sparking the Twitter debate, the CDC responded on Monday.
“We didn’t mean to get you all hot about not washing your chicken! But it’s true: kill germs by cooking chicken thoroughly, not washing it. You shouldn’t wash any poultry, meat, or eggs before cooking. They can all spread germs around your kitchen. Don’t wing food safety.”
In case you were wondering how to properly prepare raw chicken for cooking, the CDC posted steps you can take.