A rumour that KFC uses mutated chickens with extra limbs is going viral on Facebook and Twitter.
A story citing a University of New Hampshire study claims that the federal government forced KFC to shorten its name from Kentucky Fried Chicken when it stopped using “real chickens” and started using these tube-fed “genetically modified organisms.”
The post, which has now been shared thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter, was published on the viral news site Daily Buzz Live, pumping new life into a rumour that has been circulating for more than a decade.
“There is absolutely no truth to this ridiculous urban legend, which has been debunked many times,” KFC spokesman Rick Maynard told Business Insider in an email. “KFC uses only top quality poultry from trusted companies like Tyson and Pilgrim’s Pride — the same brands customers know from their local supermarkets.”
The rumour has also been thoroughly debunked by Snopes.com, which notes that the company’s 1991 name change had to do with menu pages and a desire to eliminate the word “fried,” and nothing to do with governmental regulations.
But apparently, a lot of people find no reason to question the information that’s making the rounds on social media:
This is what I have been saying for years!!!! I stopped eating KFC when they changed their name from Kentucky… http://t.co/xG6NLfCkW4
— Wendi McCrea (@EvangWendi) February 26, 2014
“These so-called ‘chickens’ are kept alive by tubes inserted into their bodies to pump blood and nutrients throughout their structure,” according to the completely false story. “They have no beaks, no feathers and no feet. They grow with multiple legs and wings on one ‘chicken.’ Their bone structure is dramatically shrunk to get more meat out of them. This is great for KFC because it saves them money for their production costs.”
The University of New Hampshire has also repeatedly debunked the claim that they authored a study on KFC’s mutant chickens.
“An active Internet hoax, of the urban legend type, falsely claims that KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) is using genetically engineered organisms instead of chickens,” according to a statement posted on the university’s website. “The hoax includes reference to an unspecified study of KFC done at the University of New Hampshire and there is no such research or study that was done here.”
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