The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) says that it is not necessary to wash raw meat unless there is foreign matter on the meat. It is also not necessary to rinse raw meat with salt and running water, or soak raw meat in salt water.
Raw meat and seafood may contain bacteria such as salmonella and campylobacter, which can cause food-borne illnesses like food poisoning, if the food is not handled or cooked properly.
These illnesses can also spread through through cross-contamination. For example, washing raw chicken can spread bacteria onto one’s hands, work surfaces, clothing and kitchen equipment, and may contaminate other food.
To kill off any bacterial contamination, food should be cooked thoroughly.
However, the AVA adds that if consumers prefer to wash raw meat, they should take care not to contaminate other foods (for example, ready-to-eat foods) and work surfaces in the kitchen.
Here are some tips to prevent the cross-contamination of food:
Text: Kenneth Goh/The Straits Times / Additional Reporting: Sean Tan / Photos: Pixabay