You're still celebrating 4/20 late into the night and the instant "I'm starving" feeling hits you. Where are you going to grab a quick bite to eat? What if your only option is KFC and they serve expired chicken? Are you desperate enough to eat that chicken?
Supposedly, according to a former manager via The Huffington Post, KFC has served rotten green chicken at an Oregon location. The thoughts of green, smelly, foul chicken give me goosebumps. The fact that this was encouraged by a franchise owner at a restaurant is completely unacceptable. Even if these accusations are proved wrong, does this story taint the image of KFC?
You see similar stories in Kitchen Nightmares with Chef Gordon Ramsay. He visits restaurants, attempts to eat their horrible food, and occasionally discovers beyond rotten food in their walk-in refrigerators. He finds black spotted tomatoes, gooey slime coated meats, and other disgusting foods that make you cringe. When watching you hope that none of the restaurants you have eaten at follow the same standards.
Whether the accusations are true or not, KFC is tainted at least temporarily. Personally I do not eat at KFC. My deterrence from the fast food chain derives from an unpleasant eating experience years ago. I bit into a chicken tender and found a piece of rubber. Maybe my mind was playing tricks on me, but ever since then I have steered clear of KFC. If I want quick fried chicken, I stop at Mr. Bojangles or Popeye's.
When I read this article it was initially nice to hear that KFC uses fresh not frozen chicken. But then the story unfolded about them ignoring the expiration date. In any food environment it is an absolutely necessary practice to respect the shelf life of all perishable foods.
As a broiler cook, I paid close attention to the seafood I prepared and knew certain items went bad after a set amount of time. If I came upon anything that was rotten or not up to standards, we trashed it. I know food costs money, but when you compromise quality you lose your right to serve food.
Hopefully, if other restaurants are encouraging similar practices, this might stand as a warning for those actions to stop. There is no excuse for serving expired or rotten food, especially at a restaurant.
Does this news deter you from eating at KFC?