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Old 03-03-2009, 03:18 PM   #1
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Whole Chicken, Green Streak

I just bought a whole raw chicken at the grocery store today, but when I took it out of the packaging to cook it, I noticed a bright green streak near one of the legs. It does not wash off, but the chicken smells fine. What could that be, and is the chicken still safe to eat?


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Old 03-03-2009, 04:15 PM   #2
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Does it look like a dye perhaps? Is it way down by the end of the drumstick? It is possible the legs were bound with something that bled onto the skin.

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Old 03-03-2009, 04:38 PM   #3
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Is it on the skin or under the skin? Could it be a vein that didn't bleed out correctly?
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Old 03-03-2009, 05:27 PM   #4
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Take it back if you're not sure. Supermarkets don't bat an eye when it comes to such returns or exchanges.
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Old 03-04-2009, 08:20 AM   #5
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There's nothing green anywhere on a chicken. It's been contaminated with something - perhaps harmless, such as dye from a labelling machine, etc. but who knows. Return it!
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Old 03-05-2009, 11:56 AM   #6
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It could be a dye. That's what I was thinking it might be. It's on top of the skin, not really inside, but I took it back just to be safe. Thanks for your input! I appreciate it!
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Old 03-05-2009, 12:02 PM   #7
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I wouldn't speculate as to what it is...I'd take it back!
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Old 03-05-2009, 11:45 PM   #8
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Now I know where the Army got all those green scrambled eggs they fed us...

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