A study revealed that when it comes to handling poultry Americans don’t know the recommended safety practices which are required. In the study researches have reported that many households in America do not have a food thermometer and the ones that have it tend not to use it in order to check if the chicken is cooked to safe temperatures. hot "The USDA [U.S. Department of Agriculture] recommends consumers use a food thermometer to check for doneness of meat and poultry."Pathogens, such as salmonella and Campylobacter, may be present on raw poultry. Using a food thermometer is the only reliable way to ensure food is cooked to a safe internal temperature to destroy any harmful bacteria that may be present," said Kosa. According to the USDA consumers should cook all of their poultry to a safe internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.” According to a study that was published in the January issue of Journal of food protection the percentage of people who are using the thermometer when cooking whole chicken and Turkey is at 73 percent.
Kosa together with her employees also found out that raw poultry is washed and rinsed before cooking by at least 70% of consumers in America. That said it is good to note that by doing this you might end up contaminating water which might result into the spread of bacteria to other foods as well as kitchen surfaces.
The researcher also found that only 18% of Americans know how to store raw poultry correctly in fridges and that only 11% of people know how to store raw poultry in cold water correctly.
According to Kosa the study that was conducted can be used so as to educate consumers on the importance of storing food safely.