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Fresh chicken should have no detectable odor; the flesh should feel firm, and the surface should not feel slick. Check the “sell by” date on the package, which indicates the last day the chicken should be offered for sale.
Wash chicken thoroughly in cold water and pat dry with a paper towel. Refrigerate for up to two days.
Chicken should always be cooked until well done at 165°F (74°C) and no longer pink inside.
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The information presented in the Food Guide is for informational purposes only and was created by a team of US–registered dietitians and food experts. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements, making dietary changes, or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires December 2017.