A mystified shopper has been pilloried online after claiming “pests” were crawling on a packet of chicken drumsticks he bought from a major supermarket chain.
The customer purchased the pack of Coles brand chicken drumsticks from one of the supermarket’s Brisbane stores on Sunday.
He noticed that one of the drumsticks inside the unopened food package had several small pores protruding from the top of the chicken thigh.
Concerned by this unusual feature, the man uploaded a post to Reddit including a video of his shocking discovery in an attempt to find out what these small objects were.
‘What is this?’ the message was captioned.
“Sorry for the obligatory anti-Coles post, but what is wrong here? We take them back for a refund no matter what, but what is it and how bad could it have been? » the man wrote.
“We buy drumsticks for our dogs’ food. Bought in Brisbane so be on the lookout if you bought chicken nearby I guess.
The man goes on to state in the message that he saw the black needle-like objects moving.
“When my mother-in-law brought it to me, I definitely saw one of them go to the other side on its own,” he wrote.
“My parents both saw him move before I did.”
The video shows the chicken leg with the small black objects inside the unopened package placed on a kitchen bench in the man’s home.
He then begins to poke the drumstick with his finger.
“It was moving earlier,” he said.
“It’s really disgusting.”
The man then appears to ask someone else nearby if they should continue to push the object in an attempt to see if the objects could be a small bug or insect.
“Do you think I could… drill it through the plastic?” he asks.
We then see a woman poking the chicken leg with her finger.
A concerned shopper noticed several small pores (pictured) on a chicken thigh inside a pack of Coles brand chicken drumsticks he recently purchased and posted online in a bid to discover what it was about.
“Yeah, what’s that?” the man replies.
Despite the man’s concerns, several users who commented on the post pointed out that the objects were chicken feathers.
“They’re just unplucked feathers lol,” one person replied.
“It used to be a black chicken. There are often remnants of feathers on chickens with the skin on.
“I just think they’re black feathers that haven’t been completely plucked out. Nothing to worry about, in my opinion, and I would prepare them anyway,” wrote another.
Other users, however, criticized the man’s reaction to the feathers, telling him there was nothing wrong with the chicken.
“They’re just feathers. Don’t waste food by turning it. Take the damn things out! » said one user.
“You’ve never seen a chicken before?” » another wrote.
“They’re feathers… Don’t give them back.” Just pick them. But seriously, if you can’t accept the fact that chickens once had feathers and are only comfortable seeing “meat” sold by big companies, you need to do some research.
The man’s reaction was criticized by users online after he was told the objects (pictured) were unplucked chicken feathers.
The buyer responded to the derogatory comments by saying he would leave the message online because he was unable to find information about unplucked chicken feathers online.
“So, despite the dunk, I will not delete this post. Maybe someone else who freaks out in 7 years will see this, laughingly call me an idiot, calm down and rip the damn things off,” he said.
A Coles spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia in a statement that the small objects were chicken feathers.
“We can confirm that the black objects pictured are the basis of the feathers. Our suppliers take great care when processing poultry and our practice generally ensures that feathers are removed during processing,” the spokesperson said.
“This item in question should have been noted at that time. We apologize for the inconvenience caused.
“Food safety is paramount at Coles. This is an isolated case and we are investigating with our supplier.