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Washing turkey warning

14th December 2007

A survey of over 2,000 people by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has found that eight out of ten people will wash a turkey before they cook it - raising the danger of food poisoning.

The FSA said that by washing a turkey, there was a danger of spreading bacteria onto worktops and implements.  Washing a turkey will not kill off harmful bacteria - the only way to do this is by cooking the meat.

Judith Hilton, head of Microbiological Safety at the Food Standards Agency, said: "By washing your raw turkey, you're actually more likely to spread the germs than get rid of them."

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