Posted by sean on July 28, 2005 at 8:59 pm in Television with No Comments

I’m currently watching a Dispatches program on Channel 4 which is comparing the quality of chicken meat purchased from mainstream supermarkets with meat from high street butchers where the chickens are reared in different ways.

It is a real eye opener into how the chickens are kept; I always knew these chicken farms treat their birds badly, but not that badly. Some chickens are actually left to die, burning in their own urine being trampled and pecked to death by other birds.

Anyone for KFC?

It will make me think twice in future about buying fresh chicken however chicken pies, curries, Kiev’s etc will be a problem. I like these, they’re very nice but it seems there is no way of avoiding this bad chicken in them. All well, surely it can’t be THAT bad….

One thing about this program which did annoy me was a test carried out comparing butchers steak next to a supermarkets steak being totally biased!

Firstly the chef cooking the meats was a massive supporter of butcher’s meat, surely when cooking he would but more effort into cooking his preferred meat and add more seasoning, care, etc…

The taste testers were flawed too, there were only 12 people involved, in my opinion for a proper reflection at least 100 should take part. The people were all asked together for their thoughts on which meat was best (the butchers or supermarket meat). Surely many votes were influenced by fellow testers. For example if TESTER #6 was unsure between whether MEAT #A or MEAT #B was best and TESTER #3, #4 and #5 said MEAT #B was their preferred choice, TESTER #6 would almost certainly side with the crowd. A private ballot would be the fairest way of conducting the experiment.

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