According to an AP report, new recommendations from the USDA say do not wash your turkey. I know that is going to be tough for many of you. Your mother did it that way and her mother did it that way but you decrease your chances of getting sick. The bacteria remain in the gut of the turkey and dies when it reaches the proper temp. Turkey should get to 165 degrees in the thickest part and your good. Nobody wants to be sick during the holiday.