In yet another example of unexpectedly crunchy, contaminated food, Pilgrim’s Pride is busy getting the news out about a recall of more than four million pounds of pre-cooked poultry products that could contain unwanted additions like plastic, wood, rubber, or metal bits. [More]
While it’s not uncommon to hear about chicken products that end up containing wayward bits of plastic (like this nugget issue, this sausage situation, and yet another nugget problem), federal officials are on the case of an incident at a poultry processing line in Missouri that might be a case of deliberate sabotage, instead of a run-of-the-mill accident. [More]
Shake Shack is no longer just a burger joint: after playing coy back in May when when it filed a trademark for “Chicken Shack,” and slowly dippings its toes in other sandwich waters with a limited test of chicken sandwiches in New York, the chain is now taking its fried chicken sandwich ambitions nationwide. [More]
When there’s only one location of a chain restaurant in your city, you’re bound to notice when it abruptly closes its doors. New Yorkers who are usually willing to stand in long, winding lines to get their fill of the only Chick-fil-A in the city will have to wait a bit longer to get their chicken fix after health violations prompted the location to temporarily shut things down last week. [More]
We’ve written before about the overuse of antibiotics in turkeys and how it contributes to the development of drug-resistant bacteria, and some companies have pledged to cut down on the amount of unnecessary antibiotics they feed to their birds. But was the turkey you’re planning to carve up next Thursday raised using these and other potentially harmful drugs? [More]
If those Tyson hot wings sitting in the freezer don’t smell quite right, then they might be part of the company’s latest recall of more than 50,000 pounds of cooked chicken wings that could cause people who eat them to become sick. [More]
If your dream is to be lying on your couch in your soft pants and eating from a bucket of KFC that you didn’t have to leave the house to get, your deep-fried wishes are about to come true. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, Orange County or near Los Angeles that is, and don’t mind paying a hefty delivery fee.
Sanderson Farms is recalling more than 554,090 pounds of chicken products because they may have been contaminated with metal shavings, due to a malfunction with an ice-making machine somewhere along the line. [More]
Who needs a regular old hamburger — or a turkey burger, or a chicken filet — when you can get a burger made from ground chicken instead? At least that’s the thought process for the operators of 202 McDonald’s restaurants in Florida’s Tampa Bay area. [More]
Following a 17-month outbreak of salmonella poisoning that sickened at least 600 people around the country, a Dept. of Agriculture advisory committee will meet tomorrow discuss strategies for effectively controlling the spread of salmonella in poultry. In advance of that meeting, two members of Congress are calling on the USDA to take a three-pronged approach to fighting drug-resistant bacteria. [More]
Tennessee Authorities Investigating Allegations Of Animal Cruelty At Chicken Farm Dumped By Tyson, McDonald’s
Last week, Tyson Foods and McDonald’s said they were cutting ties with a poultry farm in Tennessee that was accused by an animal rights group of mistreating and abusing chickens. Authorities in that state now confirm they’re looking into the allegations of criminal animal cruelty by operators of the farm.
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 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]
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]
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 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]
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.
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.