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KFC’s new Beyond Fried Chicken may cause problems for vegans, vegetarians

The new Beyond Fried Chicken will be cooked in shared fryers in the chain’s kitchens, a chain representative confirmed. (KFC)

(NEXSTAR) – KFC’s new Beyond Fried Chicken is coming to restaurants nationwide – but it may not be suitable for customers looking for vegetarian or vegan options.

On Wednesday, KFC and Beyond Meat announced a nationwide rollout of the plant-based Beyond Fried Chicken, which will be available at participating KFC locations as of January 10 while supplies remain unavailable. over. However, the new dish, which is made with plant-based ingredients, will not be “vegan/vegan cooking,” according to the press release.

More specifically, the new Beyond Fried Chicken will be cooked in a shared fryer in the chain’s kitchen, a chain representative confirmed to Nexstar.

Meanwhile, KFC’s new Beyond Fried Chicken is said to be the first plant-based chicken option served at any US quick-service restaurant when it launches in August 2019, in trials. originally in Atlanta. The following year, KFC’s plant-based chicken was tested in Nashville, Charlotte and Southern California.

The latest version was developed exclusively for KFC in partnership with Beyond Meat.

“The mission from day one was simple – make the world famous Kentucky Fried Chicken from plants,” Kevin Hochman, president of KFC US, said in a statement. press on Wednesday. “And now more than two years later, we can say, ‘mission accomplished.'”

KFC added that KFC’s new Beyond Fried Chicken will be available in U.S. restaurants as of January 10, though “availability and participation may vary,” KFC said. Customers can order Beyond Fried Chicken a la carte or 6 pieces or 12 pieces, or as part of a combo meal.

Vegetarians or vegans concerned about cross-contamination of meat products will not be able to request that their orders be cooked in a separate fryer “at this time,” according to a representative of the Food and Drug Administration. KFC.

The news about KFC’s latest item (and its preparation methods) comes more than two years after Burger King ran into a similar problem with the release of its plant-based Impossible Whoppers movie. The burgers, developed in partnership with Impossible Foods, are cooked on the same broiler chicken used to make the beef, making one customer go vegan. seek a class action in 2019 for what he felt was “fraudulent” behavior.

Burger King, however, has included language on its website to indicate the Impossible is cooked with beef on broiler. Shortly after the item launched in 2019, the chain also asked guests to request that their plant-based Whoppers be cooked in a “non-broiler method” to eliminate cross-contamination.

https://kfor.com/news/kfcs-new-plant-based-beyond-fried-chicken-may-pose-a-problem-for-vegans-vegetarians/ KFC’s new Beyond Fried Chicken may cause problems for vegans, vegetarians

JACLYN DIAZ

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