KFC Claims Maggot-Riddled Chicken Is Fake News

Story ByLee Bullen,Sub EditorJoseph Golder,AgencyCentral European News

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This is the moment a diner films a maggot-infested chicken drumstick that he claims he got from a KFC restaurant in South Africa but the Colonel Sanders chain say it is not theirs.

The incident allegedly took place at a KFC store in the city of Duarban in the eastern South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, and the images were shared on Facebook by netizen ‘Tramaine Naidoo’ where the video was viewed over 556,000 times before being taken down.

He claimed on social media: “Bought this from the Phoenix plaza, and this is what I found.”

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However, the fast food chain has denied the man’s claims and a spokesperson for KFC Africa told local media that it was “not possible” that the food filmed could have been served from one of their kitchens.

The statement said: “At KFC, food safety is of the utmost importance to us and our strict global processes and policies include specific cooking times and temperatures to ensure that our products pose no health risk whatsoever to our customers.

“The chicken served to KFC customers is locally sourced from reputable South African suppliers and is delivered three times a week in temperature-maintained trucks.

“The chicken is also quality and safety checked 34 times from the farm to the restaurant before it is served, to ensure that our customers are served freshly prepared chicken at all times.

“In addition to this, our chicken is cooked at high temperatures of 170 C and held in warming cabinets above 60 degrees, 22 degrees above the minimum standard temperature.

“Under these conditions, the presence of maggots in our chicken when purchased is not possible.”

The company also said that they have tried to contact the customer, but have yet to hear back from him.

KFC Africa said that the client has not visited the restaurant or contacted the local authorities to complain about the incident.

Meanwhile, local media said that he has also been unavailable for comment.

The fast food chain also invited customers to take a tour of their kitchens to see their strict standards for themselves.

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