McDonald’s, Tyson Foods Cutting Ties With Poultry Farm Over Alleged Mistreatment Of Chickens

McDonald’s, Tyson Foods Cutting Ties With Poultry Farm Over Alleged Mistreatment Of Chickens

McDonald’s and supplier Tyson Foods are promising to stop working with a Tennessee chicken farm after an animal rights group released images from hidden cameras showing alleged mistreatment of the birds. [More]

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Wendy’s Finally Begins Testing Antibiotic-Free Chicken

More than a year after Chick fil-A began its transition away from drugged-up chickens, and months after McDonald’s announced its plans to eventually go the antibiotic-free route, Wendy’s — the one major burger chain with ads that tout its better, more natural ingredients — is finally dipping its toes into the no-antibiotics pool. [More]

10 People Confirmed Sick From Contaminated Stuffed Chicken Breasts

10 People Confirmed Sick From Contaminated Stuffed Chicken Breasts

There are two recalls going on right now for stuffed chicken breasts because of the risk that they might be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have figured out who is sick from what: seven of the documented infections resulting from these foods so far are only from the Barber Foods recall, and three are from the larger Koch Foods recall. [More]

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Perdue Says Half Its Chickens Now Raised Without Any Antibiotics At All

Almost a year ago, Perdue — one of the biggest names in chicken — announced its hatcheries would cease using antibiotics that were medically important to human beings, and today the company said that it has reached a milestone in the move to curb the dangerous overuse of these vital drugs, claiming that more than half of its birds are now being raised without the use of any sort of antibiotics at all. [More]

Shake Shack Debuts Limited Test Of Chicken Sandwich, As Predicted

Shake Shack fans with a taste for chicken might want to visit New York soon: After earlier reports that the company was ready to make a move into chicken sandwiches, the burger chain says it’s debuted a ChickenShack sandwich at its three Brooklyn locations for a limited time. If successful, Shake Shack might expand the poultry option nationwide. [Shake Shack]

KFC Wants An Apology After Lab Tests Show Fried Rat Shape Is Actually Just Chicken

KFC Wants An Apology After Lab Tests Show Fried Rat Shape Is Actually Just Chicken

Last week after a KFC customer posted photos and video of what he claimed was a fried rat he’d received with his order of chicken, the company said it believed the whole thing was a hoax, and asked the man to turn over the food in question for independent testing. Lab results are in… and the word is, it’s a bird. Chicken, to be exact. [More]

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Foster Farms Investigating “Inappropriate” Behavior At Poultry Facilities Captured In Undercover Video

Poultry producer Foster Farms says it’s investigating after an animal advocacy group filmed undercover video at one of its slaughterhouses in Fresno and nearby farms owned by the company. Police are also investigating allegations of mistreatment, after receiving a complaint from the group Mercy for Animals. [More]

Foster Farms, Company Behind Salmonella Outbreak, To Cut Down On Antibiotics It Shoves Down Chickens’ Throats

Foster Farms, Company Behind Salmonella Outbreak, To Cut Down On Antibiotics It Shoves Down Chickens’ Throats

Foster Farms is one of the country’s largest poultry, cranking out millions of birds each week. It’s also the company behind a recent outbreak of drug-resistant salmonella that sickened more than 600 people in 29 states. Today, the company has changed its antibiotics policies so that its chickens will no longer be fed medically unnecessary drugs. [More]

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Costco Misses Out On $40M/Year Because Of $5 Rotisserie Chickens, And It’s Okay With That

When you buy a jug of mayonnaise or a mammoth pack of toilet paper rolls at Costco, you understand that you’re saving by buying in bulk. But then there are the $4.99 rotisserie chickens that you don’t have to buy by the dozen to get that low price. In fact, Costco is the one getting the short end of that deal, missing out on millions a year by keeping the price low. [More]

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Report: Shake Shack Considering Getting Into The Chicken Game

Though burger chain Shake Shack has yet to extend its reach to every state or even region of the United States, the company is reportedly ready to start looking beyond beef patties and enter the chicken sandwich arena, according to a new report. [More]

1 Photo & 3 Quotes That Explain Why You Should Watch Tonight’s Frontline About Chicken & Salmonella

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Over 1 million Americans get sick from salmonella every year. The bacteria, especially in more potent, drug-resistant forms, is responsible for the highest number of hospitalizations and deaths of all food borne illnesses; all in spite of increased anti-salmonella measures by the poultry industry. One giant chicken company was recently responsible for sickening more than 600 people in 29 states, while the federal government was virtually powerless in demanding a recall. [More]

Grocery Store Marks Up Chicken, Not Sure How ‘Clearance’ Works

Grocery Store Marks Up Chicken, Not Sure How ‘Clearance’ Works

Here is how it works when something has been on the shelf for a while and you want to get rid of it. You lower the price slightly to entice someone to buy it, and…um, that should be about it. Unless you are grocer Ingles. Then putting something on clearance means raising the price per pound but decreasing the weight, decreasing the price slightly but not making anyone want to buy the chicken. [More]

Kentucky Fried Chicken Started With An Iron Pan, Dining Room Table & A Gas Station

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When we imagine Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame, we see an older man with a white beard and neatly pressed suit. But that’s not really how the foray into feeding the masses started for Harland Sanders. Instead, things began on a much smaller scale for the entrepreneur, who was in his 60s by the time he started letting others sell his chicken recipe. [More]

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Tyson To Further Cut Back On Unnecessary Antibiotics Given To Chickens

Last year, Tyson, the nation’s largest poultry provider, announced it would cease using controversial antibiotics at its hatcheries, but left the door open for continued use of the growth-promoting drugs for birds as they matured. Today, the company is pledging to go even further by eliminating “human antibiotics” entirely from its flocks by Sept. 2017. [More]

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McDonald’s Changing Grilled Chicken Recipe From 18 Ingredients To 12

McDonald’s is making yet another change to its menu. This time the company plans to simplify its chicken recipe by cutting out chemical-sounding ingredients that consumers might not recognize. [More]

Taco Bell Shoving Aside Waffle Taco In Favor Of New Biscuit Taco

Taco Bell Shoving Aside Waffle Taco In Favor Of New Biscuit Taco

Make no mistake — when it comes to the fight to get into your belly, it is a veritable breakfast battleground out there right now among fast food chains. The latest to fall in battle is Taco Bell’s waffle taco, which was once the flag bearer of the chain’s breakfast efforts. The company is pushing the waffle taco off its morning throne and replacing it with a biscuit taco that it tested in the fall of 2014. [More]

Burger King is letting a Gloria the chicken decide which locations can serve Chicken Fries for the day.

Burger King Is Apparently Leaving Product Decisions Up To A Chicken Now

When determining where to launch new menu items, you would think that fast food restaurants take a number of issues into consideration: popularity in that area, cost, projected sales. Apparently for Burger King and its soon-to-return Chicken Fries, the only opinion that matters is that of an actual chicken named Gloria. [More]

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McDonald’s To Use Chickens Raised Without Controversial Antibiotics

Last week we expressed hope that new McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook would do more than pay lip service to concerns about over-use of medically important antibiotics in farm animals, and today there appears to be some not-bad news coming out of the Golden Arches. The fast food mega-chain says it will only source chickens raised without the use of antibiotics that are important to humans and will offer milk that doesn’t contain artificial growth hormone. [More]