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CHICKEN McNOGGIN.

No family's chicken dinner is complete without a fight over tasty drumsticks. But for the Ortega family in Newport News, Va., one meal offered slimmer pickings: fried wings and a chicken head--complete with eyeballs, crown, feathers, and beak.

Last year, the deep-fried noggin made its surprise appearance at the Ortegas when they brought home an order of McDonald's fried wings. "It's pretty gross," the family complains. But while not the choicest poultry part, a chicken head cooked to over 240 [degrees] F poses no health threat--heat kills disease-causing microorganisms in the chicken brain. "There's no chance of anyone getting sick over this," says local health inspector Arthur Austin. Just disgusted! Inspectors found the local McDonald's met sanitary standards and think the chicken made headway at a processing plant.
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Title Annotation:chicken head discovered in fast food order
Author:Chiang, Mona
Publication:Science World
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U5VA
Date:Feb 12, 2001
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