Although raw chicken and turkey can carry bacteria on their surfaces, research has shown that washing raw poultry under running water in your kitchen sink is a bad idea. When water splashes off a surface, it can aerosolize (turn into a fine spray), so even if you can't see or feel the spray, bacteria from raw poultry could be landing on you, your kitchen towels, your countertops, and any other food you have nearby. Instead, just transfer raw poultry straight from the package into the cooking pan. The heat from the cooking process will kill any bacteria that are present. Then simply clean up any splashes and wash your hands with soap and hot water.
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