This is right about Iceland chicken:

Had some chicken legs from Iceland just this week. They were huge, the biggest I have ever seen, and were nearly as big as turkey legs. Sampled it, but I couldn’t eat them. They did not look natural and put me right off. Bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better, it might in size, but not in taste when pumped up !! Clever packaging means you can’t see what you are getting with some food products. Either these chickens are going to the gym 3 times a week, though I have yet to see any in mine, or steroids might have something to do with it.

The fresh fillets don’t seem pumped up and gelled – the dry texture of the meat is still there but the cooked fillets are awful – they have a glazed feel and taste rubbery, not at all like real chicken breast which tends to shred.   I simply couldn’t eat the precooked and as for frozen, I never would.

The steak cubes seem Ok.

Either way, it is fraudulent, despite it being on the label, when it is – the precooked had nothing on the label.  It’s frankly disgusting – there’s no reason a whole chicken should cost over a fiver in the UK except for profits.

14 Responses to “Fraud”

  1. Pete December 7, 2013 at 18:10 Permalink

    It makes me feel ill just thinking about it. Iceland are terrible for over processing their “food”.

  2. wiggia December 7, 2013 at 19:58 Permalink

    Not new James, this story repeats itself every few years , and still nothing is done about that is meaningful, the same goes for the ridiculous discounts that aren’t, supposedly banned but still seen everywhere.

  3. dearieme December 7, 2013 at 21:53 Permalink

    “there’s no reason a whole chicken should cost over a fiver in the UK except for profits”: there’s a contender for daft remark of the week.

  4. JD December 7, 2013 at 23:42 Permalink

    Why so surprised?
    It’s just ‘business as usual’

  5. ubermouth December 8, 2013 at 04:11 Permalink

    Cheap chickens, you will notice, have yellow legs from urine burns because they are confined to small,dirty cages which are never cleaned out, fed hormones to make them grow quickly so they are slaughtered at 6 wks. Imagine 6 wks of immobility,standing in urine burning your legs,your beak broken off,because people want chicken for under a fiver?

  6. James Higham December 8, 2013 at 09:29 Permalink

    Think I’ll give up chicken.

  7. Rossa December 8, 2013 at 10:43 Permalink

    If half of what you buy in the cheap chicken is water you’re much better off paying a tenner for a ‘proper’ chicken that’s all meat.

    We buy the Norfolk Black chickens that were developed for Sainsburys by the people who started with the Norfolk Black turkey. Both birds are very ‘meaty’ and you don’t get a roasting tin swimming in fat and liquid when it’s been roasted. The meat is denser and has a lot more flavour so I find I can eat a smaller portion and be more satisfied. Makes the bird goes further, lasting for 3 or 4 meals between the 2 of us.

  8. Pete December 8, 2013 at 10:52 Permalink

    The bottom line is that NONE of the major food producers can be trusted because profit will always triumph over health, human or animal.

  9. James Higham December 8, 2013 at 11:14 Permalink

    Rossa, that’s right. My comment Dearieme commented on was a reference to the actions of the food chains, not to the reality today.

    Pete, they can’t be trusted.

  10. Amfortas December 8, 2013 at 15:11 Permalink

    Only the little boy chicks, Uber.

  11. ubermouth December 8, 2013 at 15:17 Permalink

    Baby boy chicks are killed at one day old by being fed into an auger and ground up alive[as they can't produce eggs]. The chicken and dairy industry are even worse than the meat industry for their cruelty to animals.

  12. ubermouth December 8, 2013 at 15:22 Permalink

    Look at the pink slime that resembles insulation that the FDA approve to be added to meat to make it stretch further so the meat industry can make more money! how can they justify that whilst claiming to be regulating the safety of our food? And how can they even get away with this?

    I have not been around meat cooking for nearly 2 years,and had to cook a meat based meal for a client last week. The smell alone-which smelled more like faeces than meat- made me feel ill.

  13. Andrew December 8, 2013 at 22:55 Permalink

    “The bottom line is that NONE of the major food producers can be trusted because profit will always triumph over health, human or animal.”

    And you can only profit by providing people with what they want.

    Without profit and loss you’re into the realm of collectivism.

    But I suppose at least people living under such a regime wouldn’t be too bothered if the chicken was low-grade and pumped full of chemicals – they’d be grateful of any food at all.

    Profit, the bogeyman of the braindead.

  14. James Higham December 9, 2013 at 07:42 Permalink

    Needs a rethink on our food buying – I’ve started mine.

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