Not long ago, this image went viral after KFC customer Devorise Dixon said that he was served a fried rat in California. The company insisted that the picture showed it was white meat and complained that Dixon refused to speak directly with the company. It eventually spoke with Dixon’s lawyer and arranged to have the chicken tested. It was proven to be chicken through DNA analysis. Now the Colonel wants an apology.
Speaking for the colonel is Rodrigo Coronel who insisted that “We did an internal investigation and talked to all employees. That statement is false.” The Colonel and the Coronel now want Dixon to “apologize and cease making false claims.”
The case makes for an interesting possible case of product disparagement. According to KFC, the meal was clearly white meat and it does not appear that Dixon did any testing before posting his video. That does raise a legitimate legal challenge by KFC.
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The Pork Producers have abandoned “the other white meat” slogan.
. . .various chips displaying the face of. . .
Which contains, not which contain.
Lol! I was just making a somewhat comical observation, or, at least, it seemed like one to me. As a personal aside, I’ve cooked a whole lotta chicken in my day, and never has a piece of breast meat ever emerged from the pot with a tail. Ok, maybe there was that one time, but it doesn’t happen that often. 🙂 Did I happen to mention that I have a potato chip collection, which contain an assortment of various chips containing the face of Jesus?
More for Bam Bam and Andrea
The USDA defines a poultry Tenderloin as “the inner pectoral muscle which lies alongside the sternum of the kind of poultry indicated.” Which is to say, a strip of muscle that runs along the inside of the breast, the part of the breast closest to the bone. It separates easily from the rest of the breast. It has a tendon running through it. The tendon is basically gristle that needs to be removed and discarded.
What would cause a piece of white meat to have a tail?
The breast meat consists of two main muscles. The part called the “chicken tender” is a long muscle that runs under the main portion of the breast. Usually, during the McD’s cooking process you get a breast and the tender has been removed to be used in another type of meal. If it isn’t removed during the slaughtering and processing, the “tender” could still be partially attached or a portion of it remaining, in which case it would separate during the cooking process and “LOOK” like a tail.
Have you never cooked or boned a chicken breast????
If it were a cooked rat it would have feet, a real tail, rib bones, skin, hair, ears, nose, teeth.
Just because a Pop Tart may look like a gun, doesn’t make it one. A chicken breast that looks like a rat shape, doesn’t make it a rat.
If you serve a customer a rat-shaped piece of chicken, complete with what appears to be a tail, what is the customer supposed to conclude?
If you make a piece of toast and the burned part looks like the Virgin Mary is holding the Baby Jesus, what is anyone to conclude? A miracle!!!!
OR….you need a new toaster.
Another case illustrative of the fact that half the population is of below-average intelligence.
Andrea – by your logic, also facing lawsuits are the companies that produce/sell those little dinosaur-shaped pieces/parts chicken nuggets at Sam’s Club. While Fred Flintstone may have enjoyed them, I don’t want little kids thinking they’re eating Brontosaurus Burgers!
What would cause a piece of white meat to have a tail? Ahhhh, the mysteries of life.
Ya have to wonder what is better for you, a free range rat that may have had a happy and somewhat normal life before it reached for that last french fry and fell in, or a chicken that grew up in a small wire cage. I think we’re looking at this all wrong. The customer should have been charged more for the rat.
Fried rat is much crunchier.
Doesn’t everyone know that?
(music- to the tune of Its A Jet- from Westside Story)
It’s a RAT, It’s a RAT!
Its a rat all the way…
From it’s long curly tail…
To its last dying day.
And here is another tune.
(music- sung to the tune of Davey Crocett)
Born on a mountaintop in Tennessee!
Raised on gin and vitamin C.
Killed him some chickens when he was only three…
Now he’s serving time in the penitentiary!
Kernal, Kernal Sanders!
King of the wild frontier!
Seems to me from the photo that the company or whomever the company purchased the meat from is partially at fault. If you serve a customer a rat-shaped piece of chicken, complete with what appears to be a tail, what is the customer supposed to conclude?
@Paul C. Schulte ” ever read the great WWII book King Rat?”
Truly, one of the great culinary adventures of second world war. Actually the only one I know of. I suppose if my HS buddies and I were more astute readers we would have seen much more in Clavell’s book. But nope – we were fascinated with the rats and the business opportunity they offered. Bon appetit everyone.
The company should not have to pay for a DNA test if it was obvious that is was white meat, not a rat. KFC should demand reimbursement from the plaintiff’s attorney, as he/she should have made a reasonable investigation of the facts.
Well, I guess this put to rest the old aphorism ‘if it looks like a rat and it tastes like a rat …..’
bfm – ever read the great WWII book King Rat?
Maybe it’s the Colonel’s secret ingredient? It’s vermin-li-cious!
I do think they should sue for product defamation.
If it is white meat it is not rat. Rat would be dark meat, muscle like a turkey leg. White meat is breast.
Since when does white meat have a tail?
Sooo, no lawsuit??? “Oh, rats!”
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