(WDBJ) -- A tweet from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns consumers not to wash their chicken before cooking.
"Washing can spread germs from the chicken to other food or utensils in the kitchen," the post warns.
Another post by the CDC advises consumers to effectively kill germs, you must thoroughly cook your chicken, not wash it.
"You shouldn’t wash any poultry, meat, or eggs before cooking. They can all spread germs around your kitchen."
According to the CDC, raw chicken is often contaminated with different kinds of bacteria including salmonella and clostridium perfringens. Consuming foods or beverages contaminated by raw chicken or its byproduct can lead to foodborne illness which can lead to food poisoning.