Quit Washing Your Chicken: It Just Sprays Germs Everywhere

Quit Washing Your Chicken: It Just Sprays Germs Everywhere


Generations of American cooks are wrong. They learned their wrongity wrongity wrong habits from their parents, or from public television’s Julia Child. Their terrible, filthy habit is rinsing poultry before cooking. Public health experts estimate that as many as 90% of Americans do it, and they want us to cut it out. [More]

Diethylstilbestrol is not something you want in your lunch.

Do Food Regulators Care If Foreign Farmers Use Veterinary Drugs Banned In The U.S.?

Later this week, the United Nations food standards agency will be meeting in Minneapolis to discuss, among other things, standards for ten veterinary drugs that are banned for use in the U.S. but not globally. Fearing that continued use of these drugs by farmers in other countries could result in these banned chemicals still reaching the American market, a group of consumer advocates have called on federal regulators to not only take a tougher stance, but to stop encouraging the use of these drugs elsewhere. [More]

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Chicken Processing Plant Worker: I Will Never Eat Fast Food Nuggets Again

While there are plenty of people who would rather not imagine where their food comes from, many of us would like to know more about how, for example, a chicken goes from clucking and pecking to one of four shapes of Chicken McNugget. During a recent “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit, a current employee of a Perdue chicken processing plant was glad to answer questions, as well as admit he or she will never eat chicken nuggets from a fast food joint ever again. [More]

People Realize Chicken Thighs Taste Good, Now Cost Same As Breasts

People Realize Chicken Thighs Taste Good, Now Cost Same As Breasts

For too long, chicken thighs were the ignored child of the chicken meat family, relegated to bulk packs at ridiculously low prices. For people that knew what to do with the less-desired but more flavorful dark meat, it meant tasty meals that didn’t break the bank. But the secret is now out, and consumers are starting to pay top dollar for the one-time bargain poultry parts. [More]

FDA Bans "Extra-Label" Uses Of Popular Class Of Antibiotics On Farm Animals

FDA Bans "Extra-Label" Uses Of Popular Class Of Antibiotics On Farm Animals

For those of you who are concerned about the amount of antibiotics being given to the cows, chickens, pigs and turkeys that provide (or end up as) the food on your plate, here’s some good news. The Food and Drug Administration has announced a new regulation that prohibits “extra-label” uses of a popular class of antibiotics. [More]

Popeye's Introduces Scoop-Shaped Chicken Nuggets

Popeye's Introduces Scoop-Shaped Chicken Nuggets

Popeye’s has created a new batch of fried chicken nuggets that feature a spoon-like curvature to them to make it easier to scoop up dipping sauce. This fast food innovation is dubbed “Dip’n Chick’n.” [More]

My Rotisserie Chicken Has a Chemical Found In Brake Fluid

My Rotisserie Chicken Has a Chemical Found In Brake Fluid

Daniel took a hard look at the label on a rotisserie chicken he picked up at the supermarket and was unnerved to find propylene glycol on the pictured label. [More]

Scientists Genetically Modify Chickens To Not Pass On Avian Flu

Scientists Genetically Modify Chickens To Not Pass On Avian Flu

As bird flu threatens to morph into a virus that can be passed from human to human, British scientists have taken a step forward in preventing the spread of the deadly epidemic by producing genetically modified chickens which are unable to transmit the flu to other creatures. [More]

What Mechanically Separated Chicken Looks Like

What Mechanically Separated Chicken Looks Like

Mmm yummers, after the jump, here’s a picture of some mechanically separated poultry. We didn’t want to put it on the front page because it is so gross, so if you click through, that is your fault. [More]

Popeyes Decides It's Time To Play Chicken With KFC

Popeyes Decides It's Time To Play Chicken With KFC

For years, Popeyes has been bragging about the quality of its fried chicken, but now that the fast food chain says they beat KFC in an independent national taste test, it’s decided to take the battle right to the Colonel with a new marketing campaign that pits Louisiana against Kentucky. [More]

Free Smoothies At Boston Market This Saturday

Free Smoothies At Boston Market This Saturday

This Saturday Boston Market is giving away free smoothies at participating stores in a few states. [More]

Here's The Video Of That Crazy McNugget Lady Who Attacked McDonald's Employees

Here's The Video Of That Crazy McNugget Lady Who Attacked McDonald's Employees

Remember the McDonald’s drive-thru customer who went all 28 Days after she was told they’d stopped serving Chicken McNuggets? Obviously a story like this is a hundred times more awesome if you can watch the actual attack, and fortunately for us the security footage of the event is now available. [More]

Customer Says Supermarket Sold Rotten Chicken With New Sell By Date

Customer Says Supermarket Sold Rotten Chicken With New Sell By Date

A woman in Brooklyn has accused a local grocery store of slapping a new “sell by” sticker over an expired one in order to unload some old poultry that was past its prime. [More]

USDA Tightens Chicken Rules

USDA Tightens Chicken Rules

Yesterday the USDA announced new poultry safety rules intended to slightly reduce the number of poisonings annually from salmonella and campylobacter. An agency official says that the new rules should prevent about 65,000 cases of food sickness a year, which is only a fraction of the over a million cases annually. However, most of the other food products that contribute to that number fall under FDA regulation, so the USDA can’t say anything. “This is something we can do, so we’re doing it,” the spokesman told the Los Angeles Times. [More]

Target Chicken Nuggets Win Taste Test

Target Chicken Nuggets Win Taste Test

Consumer Reports subjected its team of trained taste-testers to more than a dozen varieties of chicken nuggets, including both supermarket brands and those from McDonald’s. The winner among the frozen nuggets: Target’s Market Pantry. Soy nuggets from Boca and Morningstar were judged to have “very little chicken flavor.” [More]

The KFC Double Down: What A Restaurant Does When It Gets Desperate

The KFC Double Down: What A Restaurant Does When It Gets Desperate

It seems like the best promotional campaigns for KFC in the past few years have been on South Park, and that’s despite the fact that Cartman is the chain’s most vocal supporter. An AdAge article today points out that Chick-Fil-A has been eating KFC’s lunch for a while now, and so far every stunt KFC has pulled–name changes, PR-engineered recipe events, botched giveaways, getting Oprah’s blessing–hasn’t stopped the restaurant from losing customers.That’s right: your lack of interest in KFC is what created this bundle of cheesy fried-fried in the first place. [More]

Chicken Wing Prices Soar While Breasts Sag

Chicken Wing Prices Soar While Breasts Sag

While many bars and restaurants continue to offer cheap chicken wings as an enticement to get diners and drinkers in the door, the demand for the little bits of bird has increased so much in the last decade that wholesale costs for wings have more than doubled. [More]

Science Renders Chickens Obsolete With Special Soy

Science Renders Chickens Obsolete With Special Soy

University of Missouri scientists have invented a soy substitute with chicken, which supposedly matches chicken’s texture, moisture content, appearance and taste, Jeannine Stein blogs for the Los Angeles Times. [More]