Why You Shouldn’t Wash Chicken Before Cooking It

Just like many other foods, raw chicken should be washed before it's prepared, right? The government says no way. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning people not to rinse their raw bird meat before throwing it on a pan. "Don’t wash your raw chicken! Washing can spread germs from the chicken to other food or utensils in the kitchen," the agency wrote on Twitter last month. This sent social media into a frenzy. So what's the proper way to handle raw chicken?