Food Safety Fails

10 common mistakes that could make you sick
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Fail: Rinsing your chicken

When University of California Davis researchers put cameras in the kitchens of 120 volunteers for a food safety study, they found that 47 percent washed raw chicken in the sink before cooking. That’s a no-no that can splash salmonella and other pathogens all over your kitchen and all over you. Safer steps: Don’t rinse. Do use a meat thermometer to be sure chicken meat in the leg and breast is cooked to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. And wash your hands with hot, soapy water after handling raw poultry or meat. One in three people in the study didn’t.