Fake news seems to be everywhere these days. It is so common place that it is hard to separate the truth from all the other fluff out there on the interwebs and social media. Misconceptions and rumors about food can run rampant, but today we are setting the record straight when it comes to KFC. I have a bit of passion for dispelling myths when it comes to food, my undergraduate degree is in microbiology and I worked in a food lab during university. I saw just how hard farmers and food processors worked to bring Canadians the highest quality food, and it drives me a bit crazy to hear false rumors being spread about the food industry. You can read more about the day I spent on a KFC chicken farm, but today we are going to focus on some of those “famous” claims about KFC and do some myth busting.
What is REALLY inside KFC Chicken – 5 Myths and Facts
Myth: KFC does not use “real chicken” and has genetically modified birds with 4 legs and 6 wings (or no beaks or whatever other frankenchicken idea someone has come up with)
Fact: KFC does not own their own chicken farms, instead they buy their chicken from Canadian Chicken farmers just like your grocery store does. That’s right the chicken you eat at KFC is the same chicken you pick up in the meat department at your local grocer to have for dinner. The chicken are raised on farms, and if you take a drive in the country you are probably driving past a chicken farm and don’t even know it. Oh and for the chickens themselves… there are just 2 legs and 2 wings. Science has made some really awesome discoveries, but all chickens still have the same number of limbs they have always had. KFC chicken is no different then the chicken you eat at home.
Myth: KFC chickens are raised on super farms in tiny cages
Fact: The chickens purchased for KFC restaurants are raised on local Canadian farms. The chickens are raised in clean well-ventilated barns without cages and the temperature and humidity are controlled to ensure the birds are comfortable and stress-free. Sensors constantly monitor the barns and adjust the conditions as required. The chickens are hatched at hatcheries and then the chicks are brought to the farms to grow into full-size chickens. The farmers are invested in making sure that the chickens are healthy and comfortable and take pride in the product they provide to their fellow Canadians. In addition there are food safety and bio-security protocols to be followed, and annual audits are conducted to ensure the chicken farmers are in compliance with the national Chicken Council Animal Welfare Guidelines. So no there are no tiny cages, the chickens are free to roam in the barns as they please, rest when they would like and eat/drink whenever the mood strikes.
Myth: Kentucky Fried Chicken changed its name to KFC because it could not use the word “Chicken” anymore in its name as that is not what they were actually serving.
Fact: Kentucky Fried Chicken Changed its name to KFC based on a marketing decision. They decided in 1991 to make the switch, just like many other companies that have changed their name in the past. With an expanding menu using the shorter KFC lets the restaurant highlight some of the other menu options, and the name is shorter giving more flexibility when designing logos and ads. Yep so that’s it, it comes down to marketing, NOT because they are not serving chicken. They were not forced to remove the word chicken from their name by any government body. Because as always, KFC, just like when it was widely known as Kentucky Fried Chicken, uses real chicken in its products. And really to anyone talking about the restaurant KFC = Kentucky Fried Chicken and vice versa (Don’t try to steal the name Kentucky Fried Chicken, because they still own the trademark on that one as well!). P.S. spreading of this rumor was fueled by a email chain letter back in the early 90’s, and we all know how reliable chain letters are.
Myth: KFC Chickens are force fed with tubes so that they will grow at an accelerated rate.
Fact: The chickens have unlimited 24/7 access to food and water, but are never forced to eat and choose when and how much they want to eat. The chicken feed that is provided to birds changes as they grow so it meets their needs at every stage. When the chickens are small, the feed it smaller so it is easier for them to eat. Then as they grow so does the size of the feed. In addition. Chicken farmers across Canada are required to meet all national animal care regulations so that the birds are well cared for in a controlled environment.
Myth: Added hormones and steroids are used to make the chickens grow faster
Fact: The use of hormones and steroids in chicken have been illegal in Canada since 1965. That goes for all chickens raised in Canada, so KFC chicken is no different then the chicken you find in your grocery store. The chickens are not given hormones and steroids to make them grow faster. KFC Canada sources its chicken from trusted Canadian farms who abide by the Canadian regulations. So you can enjoy Canadian chicken without worrying about hormones and steroids.
So now you know what is REALLY inside KFC chicken… Chicken! Nothing but real Canadian farm-raised chicken. You can feel confident that when you are serving KFC, you are getting the same high quality chicken that you get at other restaurants or even your local grocery store. Now if we could only figure out what Colonel Sanders’ Original Recipe of 11 herbs and spices, that would be something worth talking about!
Disclosure: This post was brought to you by KFC, but as always opinions are strictly our own.