Andy, why would there be such a high rate of problems with skin sores? I
raised a few chickens in the back yard as a kid and never had that kind of
trouble. In fact, I don't recall that any of them had sores. Is it diet
or are there new diseases now? I'm thinking of raising some chickens this
spring but I sure don't want to raise the quality of bird described below.
>Date: Wed, 09 Feb 2000 13:32:12 -0500
>Subject: Gold Kist chicken nuggets rejected
>From: "Andy Lee & Pat Foreman" <email@example.com>
>Under the heading of "What did you expect?" comes this latest news I just
>read in the Roanoke Times, that school lunch programs
>in 31 states have had to reject Gold Kist chicken nuggets after hearing
>reports from USDA food inspectors that two Gold Kist plants near
>Gunnersville, Alabama processed diseased and injured chickens. These are
>both HACCP plants, where food inspectors only pull samples, instead of
>inspecting each bird as they used to do.
>In two different
>samples of 10 chickens each, they found 6 out 10 and 7 out of 10 had open
>and pus on the skin. The skin of these chickens is emulsified and used as a
>binder in the nuggets. Inspectors said that about 50% of the poultry
>arriving at the Gold Kist plant in Gunnersville were infected with one or
>more diseases, and displayed open and weeping sores. The inspectors told Cox
>News Service that the diseased poultry was unlikely to make anyone sick.
>Instead, they said chicken nuggets made from poultry that has pus, scabs and
>sores is not wholesome. (food that is not "wholesome" cannot be sold as USDA
>inspected). Gold Kist president John Bekkers claims the public is being
>mislead by disgruntled government food safety inspectors. Government
>inspection logs show multiple violations, and that open and weeping wounds
>were overlooked or "missed" by Gold Kist employees during evisceration.
>For more info check out www.roanoke.com or reporter Tad Dickens at
>Only months into the HACCP and we're beginning to see the results. Quite
>likely this whole national HACCP idea will go down in history as one of
>FSIS' greatest blunders.
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