Myth 1 - Washing meat gets rid of bacteria
Some chefs and home cooks have been locking horns about this one for some time. Washing meat can indeed get rid of some bacteria. However, doing so can be more dangerous than not washing it at all.
Meat can contain harmful bacteria on the outside that people often partly wash off in the sink, reducing the risk of food poisoning. On the other hand, doing this only deals with germs on the outside of the meat and risks splashing bacteria-filled water all over the place.