Fast food operator KFC is demanding 1.5 million yuan in compensation from three Chinese companies accused of spreading false information about its food through social media.
One of the most damaging and disgusting of these claims is that the chickens used in Colonel Sanders’ greasy buckets o’ meat are genetically modified to have six wings and eight legs, KFC said in an announcement posted to its website. Obviously, the company has denied this.
Shenzhen-based Yingchenanzhi Success & Culture Communication Ltd., Shanxi Weilukuang Technology Company Ltd. and Taiyuan Zero Point Technology Company have all been accused of spreading the rumors through WeChat, and Shanghai Xuhui District People’s Court will be taking on the case against them, Associated Press reports. Aside from the 1.5 million yuan, KFC is asking that all three companies make an apology… and mean it, damn it!
Similar rumors about KFC’s “mutant chickens” surface on US social media sites every so often and are continually disproven.
Still, the company has seen no shortage of scandal, especially in China. Yum! Brands, the company behind KFC and Pizza Hut, is still doing damage control after 2012 reports about the eateries purchasing chickens pumped with antibiotics and unapproved growth hormones. Last year’s expired meat controversy didn’t help matters at all.
And let’s not forget about this little incident (not really a nationwide scandal—we just like to gross you out).
Fortunately for the company, this is China, where you can get 16-year-old teenagers detained for spreading all the other “inaccurate” information online.
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