In the past, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has made it very clear where they stand on the issue of people eating raw chicken. Due to the presence of salmonella bacteria, consuming raw chicken is downright dangerous. This is why the USDA has repeatedly advised Americans to avoid handling raw chicken carelessly, and make sure chicken is cooked thoroughly before it is served.
Despite these USDA advisories, some U.S. restaurants are currently serving dishes called chicken sashimi and chicken tartare, and they could result in serious illness. Both of these dishes include raw chicken, which can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms including nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Eating raw chicken might seem like a pretty obvious bad idea, but there are still some people willing to risk it in an attempt to have a unique culinary experience.
This is a relatively recent trend, and fortunately it hasn’t been very widespread so far. There are concerns about its popularity growing, however, which is why publications like Forbes are covering it and warning people about the significant health risks associated with eating raw chicken. Meanwhile in the UK, the Food Standards Agency has issued similar warnings about the dangers of raw chicken consumption as well. Hopefully, this international public safety campaign will prevent the raw chicken trend from gaining any more traction than it already has.
To learn more about safe handling and cooking suggestions for chicken and other types of poultry, check out this comprehensive guide from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.