Rat Meat sold as chicken wings: FDA issues warning before Super Bowl


San Francisco, CA | The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is concerned about an estimated 300,000 pounds of counterfeit rat meat that has been sold as chicken wings in restaurants and grocery stores across America.

FDA inspectors raised concerns when several illegal containers originating from China were seized by customs at the Port of San Francisco and were found to contain rat meat that was meant to be shipped to different meat processing plants across America and resold as chicken.

If hundreds of thousands of pounds of the illegal meat have been seized and are to be destroyed by authorities, the FDA warns an estimated 300,000 pounds of the counterfeit rat meat might still be in circulation and could finish in American plates during the Super Bowl this Sunday.

“The Super Bowl is a period where chicken wings are in high demand and where restaurants and grocery stores often face a penury” explains FDA inspector, Ronald Jones.

“This is where the illegal market comes in. Although there is nothing dangerous about consuming rat meat if it is properly cooked, United States laws prohibit the import and sales of rat meat as a comestible item,” he adds.


The products were registered for duty as chicken produce, but inspectors of the FDA rapidly noticed instead that the content was of rat meat

Big business

Counterfeit meat sold as chicken wings is big money, admits FBI coordinator, Allen James.

“Every year a similar situation arises. Last year we seized large quantities of opossum meat coming from Mexico,” he explains.

“Criminal organizations see the Super Bowl as a period to cash in on different manners, be it illegal bets or gambling but also counterfeit meat. Where there is a way to make money, there will always be people who will try to find a way to bypass the law and make some profit,” he adds.

“No way to know for sure”

As for the hundreds of thousands of pounds of estimated illegal counterfeit meat already on the market, FDA spokesman Jenny Brookside admits there is no clear way for consumers to see the difference.

“Unfortunately, it is too late for the product that has already been sold on the market. It is up to consumers to try to identify the quality and source of the meat that is packaged, but there is no absolute way of determining for 100% if the meat in your plate is chicken or rat” she admits with honesty.

“If you find that your chicken wings taste slightly different from usual, it is a good bet that they might be counterfeit meat, but this can be easily hidden through the use of different ingredients and spices,” she acknowledges as a warning.

An estimated 36 million pounds of illegal counterfeit meat is sold in the United States each year according to a 2014 FDA study.

16 Comments on "Rat Meat sold as chicken wings: FDA issues warning before Super Bowl"

  1. Now this is just one of the reasons for which I am so against importing foods from other countries. I for one am glad that I don’t eat nor will I be having any chicken wings while watching Super Bowl 50. Go Broncos

  2. I started making food for Patty about 5 years ago when Nestles dog food gave her diabetes and killed thousans of other pets!
    A good reason to stop buying ALL Nestles products… They are the makers of the pet food and treats that are making our pets sick and killing them !!!
    And who know what poisons that they are putting in the food that they make for US!!!
    I used Ground Beef and ground chicken for her food.
    She started having seizures in November from the ground chicken imported from china!!!
    Seems that the Ground Chicken is being imported from China and is Poison to
    dogs and may be people too!!!!
    Stop buying ALL Chicken untill they stop exporting them to China for proccesing!

    What causes seizures?
    “Idiopathic epilepsy, the most common cause of seizures in the dog.”
    There are many causes of seizures. Idiopathic epilepsy, the most common cause of seizures in the dog, is an inherited disorder, but its exact cause is unknown. Other causes include liver disease, kidney failure, brain tumors, brain trauma, or toxins>

    Toxins ground chicken imported from China!!!!

  3. Too bad for the rats.

  4. Maybe they shouldn’t have passed a law that prohibits the country of origin on beef, pork, poultry and seafood. There are most definitely countries that try to pass off inferior and counterfeit products. By knowing where things come from, the consumer can decide whether or not they want to buy the products. Hooray for the FDA inspectors that caught this though!

    • Exactly! I found out that not only is talipia raised in China fed feces, but so are shrimp. We have a right to know where food comes from. If it wasn’t for GMOs I’d be a vegan, but you can’t count on vegetables and grains being healthy now.

  5. Rat meat is not likely worse for humans than chicken meat. Given all the chickens that people will be eating during super bowl were raised on factory farms, they may be better off eating rats. Anyone who wants to avoid contaminated food needs to stop eating animals or their excretions.

    • Good point, but I’m pretty sure people just don’t want to eat rats.

    • Moshe B Levi | February 7, 2016 at 1:59 pm |

      Well maybe you should informe God the creator of all that him telling us not to eat rats for it is a abomination that you think it’s better for us than chicken…

    • I’m thankful I married a hunter and we eat free range meat. Hunters are necessary for wildlife population control to eliminate disease.

    • NANCY: Avoiding eating animal products does not ensure that you will avoid eating contaminated food. Plus the rat meat is not accused of being contaminated. Its accused of masquerading as chicken. There are plenty of examples of contaminated vegetables and fruits. So I think you need to get off of your anti animal foods soap box. As usual no logic or reason used in the anti animal arguments.

    • I like to kill what I eat just to piss off the animal rights dummies.

    • Earthspirit | February 8, 2016 at 2:35 am |

      I would have to agree that the level of contamination is high in all meats, since they go by on the conveyor belts too fast for anyone to catch anything unusual…

    • Timothy L Coffey | February 16, 2016 at 8:58 pm |

      It is the fault of the cow that says eat more Chicken, He got us into all this!

    • Yabetz Yasharala | February 24, 2016 at 4:48 pm |

      Are you out of your mind? YOu cannot be serious about eating rat meat guys. come on now.

    • Yabetz Yasharala | February 24, 2016 at 4:49 pm |

      you have lost your mind.

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