Remember all those times your mom told you to wash your hands after handling raw chicken...well turns out she was onto something important. As it turns out, a recent study conducted by Consumer Reports magazine found that 97 per cent of raw chicken breasts sold at grocery stores nationwide contained "potentially harmful bacteria." What ever 'potentially harmful' means. On top of that, many of the bacteria samples ended up being resistant to 'three or more antibiotic classes, making them multiple-drug resistant' according to Urvashi Rangan, the magazine's director of consumer safety. It turns out chicken is one of the main culprits of food borne illnesses. Even buying organic isn't safe. Ms Rangan said that the natural labelling doesn't translate to contaminants. She advised constant caution when dealing with chicken in the kitchen. 'You want to use really careful practices in the kitchen. You don't want to put your chicken in the sink and pour water from the faucet on it. You also want to use a dedicated cutting board and put that right in the dishwasher,' Ms Rangan said. Also important is making sure that the chicken is cooked to the correct temperature, noting that the only way consumers can be sure it's done is with a meat thermometer. So here's a couple more tips; make sure your chicken is packaged in a plastic bag and wash your hands constantly through the process of cooking chicken. Vigilance is key while cooking with chicken. And as only 375 of the US owns a meat thermometer-INVEST IN ONE. You'll drastically cut down your chances of ingesting the bacteria.