Green Fried Chicken From KFC Shocks Pregnant Woman Into Avoiding Fast Food

By Richard Szabo

A British woman who is expecting a baby was so stunned to find her KFC chicken was green she has decided to stop buying fast food from the outlet.

Chanelle Jackson from Scunthorpe in the north of England knew something was wrong when she tore apart a drumstick to share with her 15-month-old daughter Lilliarna.

The meat underneath the crumbed layer appeared to be green, prompting the worried mother to take photos of the meat she ordered at a KFC drive-thru window in Lakeside, 60 miles east of Leeds.

“As soon as I looked inside, I knew it wasn’t right,” Jackson told The Sun newspaper. “Luckily I’d not taken a bite of it yet though … I think I’ll probably be avoiding KFC for a while after this.”

She checked every other drumstick from her two Mighty Buckets for One meals and confirmed it was the only one that appeared to be green.

“We checked the rest of the chicken but it was the only piece that had that color,” she said.

She is at a loss as to why the meat would turn that color.

“I’m not sure why it was that color but I knew I didn’t want to eat it, especially as I am 30 weeks pregnant,” she told the Daily Mirror. “I was going to share it with my 15-month-old daughter as they had run out of popcorn chicken, and I don’t know what would have happened if she had eaten it.”

She quickly returned to the restaurant that sold her the meal and showed the green drumstick to staff who agreed it was an unusual color.

“Oh God,” the KFC staff member said, according to Jackson.

Although KFC employees followed the usual company procedure to replace the meal free of charge, Jackson and her partner Craig had already lost their appetite.

“I didn’t want to eat much after that, and we left a lot of the chicken,” Jackson said. “We were looking online to try and find out why it could be that color, and found a lot of worrying things.”

KFC’s head office played down fears about the green chicken and any potential health risks associated with eating it.

“We’ve looked into this and whilst it’s clearly not nice to see, it’s completely harmless and occasionally comes as a result of dealing with fresh chicken,” a KFC spokesperson told the Mirror.

Ice Problems

BBC Watchdog previously raised concerns that KFC, McDonald’s, and Burger King were not maintaining the most hygienic practices when serving ice in their drinks to customers.

A KFC spokesperson was “shocked and extremely disappointed” by the poor results.

“We immediately shut down the ice machines in the restaurants affected to conduct a thorough clean and inspection, and reinforced the importance of adhering to our strict procedures to all employees,” the spokesperson told the BBC. “We are awaiting the results of independent testing of the ice that will confirm they are back up to the standards we expect. To reassure customers we have also inspected and cleaned the ice machines in all other restaurants across the UK.”