An Australian man says he bit into a piece of Kentucky Fried Chicken only to find a lung attached.
Marc Nicholls said he was shocked to find he’d nearly swallowed a large intact lung, describing it as grey, brain-like flesh.
“It was disgusting,” Nicholls, 30, told the Daily Mail. “It was absolutely vile.”
The IT technician had ordered a 3-piece box, with two wings and a chicken breast, for $12.50.
“I pulled a piece off [of the breast], then found that and spat the rest out,” he said.
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He quickly alerted staff at the restaurant, but they only told him to contact customer service and did not offer him a refund.
A KFC spokesman said the flesh was most likely a lung or kidney that was mistakenly not removed during the food preparation.
“Most of the time offal is removed in the preparation process, but occasionally it may remain,” a KFC spokesman said, adding it posed no health risk.
The incident is the latest in a string of bizarre parts found in KFC chicken. For instance, an English woman said in January that she found raw giblets in her chicken.
“It looked disgusting and pink, I didn’t want to touch it,” she said. “I first thought that it may have been brain or lung, it certainly wasn’t chicken. My burger had a hair in it as well.”
After that incident, KFC said: “We’re proud of the fact that our chicken is hand-prepared and cooked fresh in our kitchens.”