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Man Spent 6 Months Making Sandwich 100% From Scratch

Andy George takes DIY to the extreme, even making salt and killing a chicken

(Newser) - Think you know how to make a sandwich? Think again. Andy George, who hosts the "How to Make Everything" YouTube channel, has just posted his latest episode on YouTube showing that to make a chicken sandwich completely from scratch is, at least for him, a six-month, $1,500 endeavor.... More »

DNA Test Results Are In for KFC 'Deep-Fried Rat'

And the test shows ... it's chicken

(Newser) - Just as exciting as a Maury paternity test, but slightly more stomach-churning: The DNA test results are in for a KFC meal a California man claimed was a deep-fried rat. And those results show that it's definitely, absolutely, without a doubt nothing other than a fried chicken tender, just... More »

Big-Time Chicken Producer Ditching Human Antibiotics

Tyson Foods will largely eliminate their use in chickens by 2017

(Newser) - Another victory for those calling for antibiotics to be eliminated from our food chain: By 2017, Tyson Foods will have largely eliminated human antibiotic use in its chickens. "Antibiotic-resistant infections are a global health concern," says the CEO in a statement. "We're confident our meat and... More »

McDonald's Chicken Will Soon Be Free of Human Antibiotics

Move could help fight drug-resistant superbugs

(Newser) - As experts warn of the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant "superbugs," one culprit is the drugs used to treat farm animals . McDonald's is now taking a step to fix the issue: The restaurant chain's US operation will no longer use chicken that's been treated with human... More »

Chicken Crosses Road, Portland Guy Calls Cops

'This is actually not a prank call,' he begins

(Newser) - It's the kind of story that almost has to come with a Portland dateline: It seems that on Monday evening, a concerned citizen called Portland's non-emergency line to report a chicken crossing the road. Prefacing his concern with, "Hi, um, this is actually not a prank call,... More »

Why That Rotisserie Chicken Is So Cheap

Stores wisely cook up birds about to hit their expiration date: Megan McArdle

(Newser) - Those who like chicken might have noticed a seemingly weird quirk in the grocery store: It's generally cheaper to buy a fully cooked rotisserie chicken than to buy a raw chicken and prepare it yourself at home, writes Megan McArdle at Bloomberg View . Cooking food yourself is typically cheaper,... More »

Gene Tweak Made Roosters Fat—and Infertile

Leading to a shortage of chickens, and higher prices

(Newser) - The breed of rooster that sires around a quarter of America's chickens hasn't been getting the job done and a genetic tweak is to blame. Aviagen Group, the world's largest chicken breeder, made a change to the standard Ross male that has caused fertility issues, causing a... More »

Why Americans Eat the Same Boring Meat Over and Over

Squirrel, rabbit, venison: It's what's never for dinner

(Newser) - Sure, Americans chow down on about 280 pounds of meat each per year, compared to the 181 pounds in your average developed country. But chances are those 280 pounds come from the same three or four meat-producing animals: Chicken, beef, pork, and maybe a little turkey. While North America has... More »

97% of Chicken Covered in Bacteria: Consumer Reports

Study finds half of store-bought chicken contains fecal matter

(Newser) - Consumer Reports' latest report isn't for the weak of stomach: Some 97% of the 316 raw chicken breasts it purchased at US stores in July contained "worrisome amounts of bacteria." While it admits it's "unrealistic to expect uncooked chicken won't contain any potentially... More »

More Birds Will Be Boiled Alive After USDA Change

Factories to be able to process 175 a minute, up from 140

(Newser) - An Agriculture Department plan to speed up poultry processing will result in more chickens and turkeys dying painful deaths, experts warn. Almost a million birds are already boiled alive every year when they are improperly shackled to the processing line, meaning they elude the automatic blade and are still alive... More »

Cop in Chicken Suit Nabs 31 Drivers

As part of a crackdown on those who don't yield to pedestrians

(Newser) - Police made use of a, er, unique tactic to nail drivers who failed to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks in Lake Elsinore, California, this week: They employed a strategically-placed chicken decoy. A member of the force donned a chicken suit and walked through crosswalks as officers monitored drivers, the Lake... More »

Chicken Nuggets: Mostly Just Fat

'Their name is a misnomer': researchers

(Newser) - According to two University of Mississippi researchers, we shouldn't really call chicken nuggets "chicken." That's because the word "chicken" implies meat, and when the researchers dissected two nuggets (from unnamed fast-food chains, but the Atlantic says one was likely a McDonald's McNugget) and analyzed... More »

Plants Tied to Salmonella Outbreak Can Stay Open

USDA says conditions have improved

(Newser) - The three California processing plants linked to the salmonella outbreak that has sickened nearly 300 people in 18 states will be allowed to stay open, the AP reports. USDA inspectors will conduct "intensified samplings" at the Foster Farms facilities for the next three months, but they're satisfied for... More »

CDC Recalls Workers as Salmonella Outbreak Gets Scary

Strain resistant to antibiotics; 'terrible time to be locked out'

(Newser) - The salmonella outbreak that has sickened almost 300 people in 18 states appears to involve much tougher strains of the disease than usual, according to some of the few Centers for Disease Control and Prevention workers still on the job. The illness, traced to raw chicken from California, has put... More »

Chicken Nuggets Are Only Half 'Chicken'

Researchers find that meat makes up 40% to 50% of nugget

(Newser) - If you were still under the illusion that chicken nuggets served up by the fast-food industry were actual nuggets of chicken meat, Mississippi researchers have some tragic news: At best, you're only half right. They examined two nuggets from two unnamed national chains and found that one had only... More »

Soon to Be Made in China: Your Chicken Nuggets

But that won't be on the label...

(Newser) - The US Department of Agriculture quietly announced on Friday that it had approved four Chinese poultry plants to ship processed chicken into the US. It's no wonder it tried to sneak that news onto the eve of a long weekend, notes Bloomberg : China has a dodgy reputation for food... More »

Inside the Wild, 4-Hour Trek to Smuggle KFC Into Gaza

Locals pay big sums to get it brought in from Egypt

(Newser) - They say everybody needs a little KFC, and it seems they're right. Gaza residents don't have access to a local branch—so they're willing to pay more than twice the going price to get it delivered from Egypt in a highly complex process that takes some four... More »

Whole Foods Has Big Labeling Mix-Up

Reversed labels on chicken, vegan salads

(Newser) - Whoops. Whole Foods, a chain that likely has no shortage of vegan customers, mixed up the labels on its curried chicken salad and its vegan "chick'n" salad at more than a dozen stores across the Northeast this week, the chain announced today. The snafu affected stores in Connecticut,... More »

Chicken Plants to Douse Birds With More Chemicals

Because USDA is set to OK increase conveyor belt speeds

(Newser) - The Washington Post has a lengthy, appetite-killing story about new rules set to go into place at US poultry plants that are likely to result in an increase in chemicals used to treat the birds. The USDA is expected to allow plants' processing lines to move even faster later this... More »

Bird Flu Sickening KFC Sales

Yum Brands cites 'significant, negative impact' in China

(Newser) - Colonel Sanders has a bird flu problem. The H7N9 virus, which has killed nine people, has had a "significant, negative impact on KFC sales" in China, Yum Brands revealed in a regulatory filing yesterday. That's no small problem for the company: China is responsible for more than half... More »

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