Is your chicken safe to eat?
That’s the question posed on the cover of Consumer Reports magazine’s February issue.
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STEPS FOR SAFE CHICKEN
Consumer Reports advises consumers to follow these tips to ensure proper handling and cooking of chicken:
— Wash hands when handling any type of meat or poultry – frozen or fresh – before touching anything else and wash them for at least 20 seconds with hot soapy water – even if it means multiple washings.
— Use a cutting board designated strictly for raw meat and poultry. When done, place it in the dishwasher directly from the counter or wash with hot soapy water.
— Don’t run chicken under the faucet before cooking.
— When cooking, use a meat thermometer and always cook chicken to 165°F.
— When shopping, buy meat last; keeping chicken cold delays bacteria overgrowth. Place chicken in a plastic bag to prevent other items from contamination.
— Buy chicken raised without antibiotics to help preserve the effectiveness of these drugs; avoid meaningless labels like “natural” and “free range”.