Shiju Abdul Basheer had gone to the restaurant to dine with his family. When his wife cut a piece of fiery chicken to feed their daughter, she found live worms wriggling in it. The restaurant staff apologized and offered to replace the dish. But when Basheer refused, they tried to take it away forcibly. The other customers came to his aid and alerted the police as well as the Food Safety Authority.
On inspection, the Food Safety Authority found that the outlet did not maintain adequate sanitation guidelines and some seized chicken pieces were allegedly as much as five months old.
Speaking to the media, a food safety officer said, “We got a complaint saying that someone found worms in the fried chicken. After examination we found that the complaint was true, so we have shut down the outlet temporarily.”
KFC issued a press release in response to the incident. An excerpt says, “We are providing full cooperation to the ongoing probe. We are committed to serving quality products to all our customers.”
Cases such as these where fast food giants serve unhealthy and even sometimes contaminated food are not restricted to India alone. In the case of KFC itself, there have been a lot of complaints in other countries about the health risks of consuming the food they serve.