Say what now? The CDC is advising people NOT to wash their raw chicken!

And you better believe Black Twitter is questioning the CDC and everything their grandmama taught them.

Last week, the CDC tweeted: “Don’t wash your raw chicken!” The tweet explained that doing so could spread germs.

A link provided in the tweet explained that raw chicken can be contaminated with Campylobacter bacteria, Salmonella, and Clostridium perfringens bacteria, which can spread to utensils, countertops, and other food and cause foodborne illnesses.

The tweet sparked a debate as the tweet made its rounds because it contradicted what many were taught while growing up and still practice as adults.

Because of the controversy, the CDC posted a follow-up tweet a few days later, doubling down on the matter.

“Kill germs by cooking chicken thoroughly, not washing it,” it advised. “You shouldn’t wash any poultry, meat, or eggs before cooking.”

Despite the advice, Black Twitter was still hesitant, with many stating that washing raw chicken makes them feel safe and that they adequately wash any utensils and surfaces after handling the raw poultry.

Whether Black Twitter wants them or not, the CDC also provides several tips to prevent food poisoning when handling raw chicken.

The tips include, but are not limited to:

  • Place chicken in a disposable bag before putting in your shopping cart or refrigerator to prevent raw juices from getting onto other foods.
  • Wash hands with warm soapy water for 20 seconds before and after handling chicken.
  • Do not wash raw chicken. During washing, chicken juices can spread in the kitchen and contaminate other foods, utensils, and countertops.
  • Never place cooked food or fresh produce on a plate, cutting board, or other surface that previously held raw chicken.
  • Wash cutting boards, utensils, dishes, and countertops with hot soapy water after preparing chicken and before you prepare the next item.
  • Use a food thermometer to make sure chicken is cooked to a safe internal temperature of 165°F.
  • Refrigerate or freeze leftover chicken within 2 hours (or within 1 hour if the temperature outside is higher than 90°F).