In addition to being a vastly unpleasant experience, food poisoning can have some disastrous consequences. That’s led to increased awareness about the proper steps for handling foods, and a ton of people are super diligent about making sure they do just that.

As AWM explains, there’s a common bit of advice out there that you may want to disregard. In fact, following the tip may do more harm than good. That tip involves washing your chicken before cooking it, and a new study has vigorously shaken its head no at the practice.

”It does not get rid of the bacteria, it does not kill the bacteria. However, there is a chance that it will spray that bacteria called aerosolization,” says researcher Jennifer Quinlan.

In the wake of the new information, there’s a handy set of rules for the safe handling of chicken that you’ll want to check out. Some of them are fairly common knowledge for most people, but it’s always a good idea to brush up and make sure you’re not missing out on anything. If that can avoid an incredibly unpleasant experience that results in a trip to the emergency room, the time will be very well spent.

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