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Foster Farms Chicken Included the Head

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If the salmonella doesn't get you, perhaps this will. Orange County resident Jeannine Bognar found a chicken head inside her whole Foster Farms chicken.

From the Orange County Register:

"The beak, the eyes, the red thing," said Jeannine Bognar, horrified. Those, including the crest (or rather the "red thing") plus some feathers were the first things she saw when she reached into a thawed 6.5-pound Foster Farms chicken she bought for $5.85. Where a small bag of giblets should have been, Bognar pulled out a chicken’s entire head, instead.

Foster Farms was already under fire for a salmonella outbreak that has caused 278 people in 18 states to fall ill, most in California.
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Bognar told the OC Register that she was boiling chicken so her Jack Russell terrier Sadie would have something soft to eat after she had five teeth removed. She already had one chicken boiling, a chicken she purchased at Gelsen's.

Bognar returned the chicken, head and all, back to the Stater Bros. store in Costa Mesa where she purchased the bird. However first she showed reporter Kimberly Pierceall the evidence.

The best paragraph of the story:

"I remember the eye being open and looking up at me," Bognar said, looking at the chicken head again after retrieving it from her garage cooler reluctantly so this reporter could see it. "It's so gross, I don't even want to remember it."

While that is pretty gross, I'd be more frighted to see the chicken head in bed next to me. We know how that goes.

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