KFC has been vindicated by an independent laboratory that has confirmed the "fried rat" was just a piece of chicken that unfortunately resembled a rodent.
DNA testing conducted by an independent laboratory has cleared KFC of serving fried rat meat to customers. Testing has confirmed the customer was served chicken, but the piece merely looked like a rat, complete with a tail and a snout with ears sticking out. As it turns out, the rat was just chicken that was covered in Colonel's 16 secret herbs and spices. The lab concluded that the tender was in fact poultry with the following statement.
"Based on visual analysis of the sample (and accompanying photography) and on the results of the ELISA-TEK® Cooked Poultry Species Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay Kit (ELISA Technologies, Gainesville, FL), Food Safety Net Services, Ltd. declares the battered and breaded cooked meat sample to be poultry."
"Recently, a customer questioned the quality of a KFC product, and this received considerable publicity given the sensational nature of his claim. We did an internal investigation and talked to all employees. That statement is false. We expect the customer to apologize and stop making false allegations."
Earlier this month, KFC customer Devorise Dixon posted a seemingly gross photo of a piece of meat on his Facebook page. The photo of a fried piece of meat distinctly resembled a rodent, replete with a long string of fried breading, resembling a tail. Needless to say, the image instantly went viral and KFC drew widespread criticism from all quarters of the world owing to the extensive presence of the fast food franchise.
KFC's media wing immediately fought back with a few images of its own which showed how the company processes the meat. Moreover, KFC did some image manipulation to show the "fried rat" actually had white meat, which wouldn't have been possible had it been a rat.
Though Dixon first complained directly to KFC, he refused to communicate thereafter and even retained a lawyer. Interestingly, it was the attorney who sought to have the meat tested at an independent lab.
Though the lab may have cleared KFC of serving rat meat, instances like these have been chronicled earlier.
[Image Credit | KFC, YouTube]