Washing Thanksgiving Turkey Could Spread Germs, Food Safety Experts Warn

Wash your Thanksgiving vegetables but don't wash the bird!

Food safety experts say to skip washing the Thanksgiving turkey because of the possibility of spreading germs. 

Cooking the turkey should kill any germs and bacteria that might be present. “If your mother did it and your grandmother did it, and suddenly the (government) says not to wash your turkey, you may take some time to adjust,” said Drusilla Banks, who teaches food sanitation for the University of Illinois Extension.

Other food safety tips for the turkey include using a thermometer to make sure the bird is fully done. Also, the turkey isn't meant to be left out for hours after dinner.

Experts say to refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.

Do you normally wash your turkey before cooking? Let me know in the comments below:

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