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Washing Raw Chicken Splatters Food Poisoning Bacteria All Over

Washing Raw Chicken Splatters Food Poisoning Bacteria All Over

By    |   Tuesday, 17 June 2014 12:32 PM EDT

Washing raw chicken can increase the chances of contracting food poisoning, according to a new study commissioned by the United Kingdom's Food Standards Agency.

According to the study, washing raw chicken can lead to a dangerous form of food poisoning called campylobacter. Infection can happen when water droplets splash off raw chicken and transfer the bacteria to hands, surrounding surfaces, clothing, or cooking utensils, Medical News Daily reported.

The specific strain of bacteria can lead to campylobacteriosis, which can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, cramping, and fever.

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In some cases, campylobacteriosis can evolve into irritable bowel syndrome, reactive arthritis, or Guillain-Barré syndrome, a serious condition of the nervous system.

The Food Standards Agency study also reportedly found that 44 percent of U.K. residents wash raw chicken before preparing it. The most cited reasons for washing raw chicken included to remove dirt (36 percent), to get rid of germs (36 percent), or because they had just always done so (33 percent).

Campylobacter is reportedly the most common cause of food poisoning in the United Kingdom, responsible for sickening an estimated 280,000 people per year. About 80 percent of those cases stem from contaminated poultry, according to Medical News Today.

In the United States, campylobacter is the culprit for most diarrheal illnesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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