KFC Franchise Exec On Rotten Chicken Allegations: We Had Some Expired Meat But I'm Not Saying We Cooked It

Back in April we reported on a lawsuit brought by a KFC manager in Oregon alleging that he was fired by a franchisee for refusing to serve rotten chicken, and instead throwing it out past its expiration date. In another case involving former employees crying foul fowl, Texas health officials found no evidence that chicken past its “kill date” was served to customers, even if the franchise’s owner says such expired meat has been on the premises.

The “kill date” is just what it sounds like — 10 days after a chicken is killed, it’s either time to cook it or toss it. The county’s investigation into the complaint brought by either a former employee or a “friend of employees” (it’s not clear who brought the allegations up) has been closed.

The complaint alleged that “KFC is selling boxes of rotten chicken,” reports YourHoustonNews.com, but officials are done looking into the matter after visiting a few days after the initial complaint on March 28.

“There was no evidence found (of rotten chicken),”  said the director of consumer health services for the county. “We get these all the time.”

Even though an inspector noted a foul odor emanating from the back of the kitchen and in the walk-in cooler, all food products were within the dates of use.

And so what if there was to be expired chicken there, notes the executive vice president for a group that owns 34 KFCs in Texas, including the one at the crux of the complaint.

“The kill date is literally the date the chicken is killed at the plant,” he said. “The mandate is that we sell that chicken within 10 days (of the kill date). We have had some chicken expired, but I’m not saying we cooked it.”

Does not saying you cooked it mean it never happened because you aren’t saying it did, or it just never happened? Now I’m confused.

No evidence of rotten meat at KFC, officials say [YourHoustonNews.com]