‘Favorite shade of salmonella’: Shopper Says Costco Is Selling ‘Undercooked’ Rotisserie Chicken

Recently, a user has ignited a heated debate online after alleging that they purchased an undercooked rotisserie chicken from Costco.

The incident has sparked a discussion about food safety and the reliability of visual cues in determining the doneness of cooked poultry.

Viral Video: “Favorite shade of salmonella”

A video garnered over 154,000 views as of Saturday morning showcases a rotisserie chicken that the user claims to have purchased from Costco. The chicken displayed several shades of pink inside, leading to the claim that it was undercooked.

The user commented, “Thank you Costco for the medium rare chicken,” and humorously added, “Favorite shade of salmonella” in the video caption.

However, this claim was met with skepticism from several viewers who believed that the chicken was actually fully cooked. One user noted,

“That’s fully cooked lol. You must eat dry chicken.”

Another added,

“Uhhh, that’s actually very cooked. The pink actually indicates that the chicken was very fresh before cooking. It’s rotisserie, that’s how it looks lol.”

A third person stated,

“That chicken is cooked. You can see the striations in the meat. You can’t see the fibers in raw chicken.”

@ala112_ favourite shade of salmonella xx
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Expert Opinion on Chicken Cookedness

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While the video has stirred controversy, it is essential to note that the appearance of pink hues in cooked chicken does not necessarily indicate that it is undercooked. Emma Christensen, an author for The Kitchn, explains that some parts of a cooked chicken may appear pink even after being fully cooked.

According to the USDA, “Even fully cooked poultry can sometimes show a pinkish tinge in the meat and juices. This is particularly true of young chickens whose bones and skin are still very permeable,” says Christensen. Factors such as the chicken’s feed and whether it has been frozen can also affect the final color of the meat.

Costco’s Food Safety Measures

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Costco has stringent food safety procedures to ensure their rotisserie chickens’ safety.

The company utilizes gas direct fire ovens to cook the chickens to an internal temperature of 84°C (183°F) or above before they can be removed from the oven, which is above the recognized ‘safe’ internal temperature of 74°C (165°F). This information was revealed in response to a similar concern that went viral last year.

Moreover, if customers are genuinely concerned about the doneness of their rotisserie chicken, they can take advantage of the company’s generous return policy, which allows for a full refund.

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  1. thekitchn.com/chicken-still-pink-after-cooki-157168
  2. food-safety.com/articles/3710-case-study-costco-wholesale-food-safety-from-the-top-down

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Martha A. Lavallie
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