There are rumors that the meat KFC serves is not permitted to be labelled as chicken.

Kentucky Fried Chicken has become KFC. Does anybody know why? We thought the real reason was because of the "FRIED" food issue. It's not. The reason why they call it KFC is because they can not use the word chicken anymore. Why? KFC does not use real chickens. They actually use genetically manipulated organisms.

These so called "chickens" are kept alive by tubes inserted into their bodies to pump blood and nutrients throughout their structure. They have no beaks, no feathers, and no feet. Their bone structure is dramatically shrunk to get more meat out of them. This is great for KFC because they do not have to pay so much for their production costs. There is no more plucking of the feathers or the removal of the beaks and feet.

The government has told them to change all of their menus so they do not say chicken anywhere. If you look closely you will notice this. Listen to their commercials, I guarantee you will not see or hear the word chicken. I find this matter to be very disturbing. I hope people will start to realize this and let other people know.

Are KFC serving real chicken?

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    The link you provide does a reasonably good job of rebutting the claim that KFC is made from something other than chicken or from engineered mutant creatures in a lab, but apart from one sentence at the end it doesn't make the claim that KFC is safe. Could you edit your question to clarify exactly which claim you want examined (mutant chickens or that KFC is safe)? A definition of safe would be required if you want the latter examined.
    – Ladadadada
    Sep 9, 2013 at 7:38
  • As above, please edit to either ask "Is KFC made of chicken?" or edit it to ask "Is KFC safe to eat?" AND add a notable source of the claim that it isn't safe to eat.
    – Oddthinking
    Sep 9, 2013 at 8:08
  • @Oddthinking If I have a notable source for this issue, why should I come and ask here? Why should I ask something I can answer myself? I read the source that I provided and I couldn't make a decision.
    – Mawia
    Sep 9, 2013 at 8:16
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    @Mawia not notable source of the answer, but notable source of the claim. Not the same thing.
    – Duralumin
    Sep 9, 2013 at 8:21
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    I know for a fact that in Quebec they use local chicken and the norm are strict enough. Also, how a genecally manipulated chicken would be less chicken than one breeded and selected by human to possess better characteristics (controlled evolution)?
    – Zonata
    Sep 12, 2013 at 0:24

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Claim's completely bonkers, as they still use the full name everywhere (just look at the facades of every single KFC franchise out there). It's just easier to use shorthand for things where limited space is available.
http://colonelsanders.com/ history of KFC, the video explicitly uses the word 'chicken'.
http://colonelsanders.com/history_colonelSanders.asp uses the word 'chicken' liberally from the first paragraph.

Kentucky Fried Chicken, pioneered by Colonel Harland Sanders, has grown to become one of the largest quick service food service systems in the world - with more than a billion “finger lickin' good” Kentucky Fried Chicken dinners served annually in more than 80 countries and territories. But success didn't come easily.

http://www.kfc.com/about/franchises.asp talks about

Based in Louisville, KY, KFC Corporation is the world's most popular chicken franchise specializing in Original Recipe®, Kentucky Grilled Chicken® and Extra Crispy Strips® with home-style sides, Honey BBQ Wings and freshly made chicken sandwiches. KFC has been serving customers complete, freshly prepared, family meals since Colonel Harland Sanders founded the concept in 1952.

and that's just the first paragraph.

http://www.kfc.com/ mentions chicken explicitly in the product descriptions it offers.

The photo on the current http://www.kfc.com/about/news/ page shows the word "chicken" still being used on a store-front.

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The fact that this is a recent photo can be inferred from the fact that it's shown with a post-2007 version of their logo.

In other words, there's no truth to the claim that KFC don't use the word chicken. If indeed they did not use chicken, they'd indeed not be allowed to use the word. Hence the claim that they don't use chicken is bogus.

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    Plus, even if their chickens were transgenics, they would still be chickens. Clearly whoever wrote that does not have a clue about what a transgenic animal is.
    – nico
    Sep 9, 2013 at 11:20
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    @jwenting I think the first company able to make a 100% non-animal meat indistinguible from the animal meat would make a lot of noise publicizing that, and a lot of money in the process.
    – Duralumin
    Sep 9, 2013 at 11:47
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    Design and History of KFC Logo says, "In 1991 the company unveiled a new logo with the abbreviation “KFC” as a measure to distinguish the restaurant as a healthier eating choice."
    – ChrisW
    Sep 9, 2013 at 11:47
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    @jwenting There's no need to "assume they were claiming" when you can read the referenced claim in its entirety. That is one of the benefits of having a reference to a published claim in the OP! I edited the OP to quote a little more.
    – ChrisW
    Sep 9, 2013 at 11:52
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    Anecdotal, I always read that they changed to KFC in the UK to disassociate themselves from the word "Fried" which is seen as unhealthy.
    – Jamiec
    Sep 9, 2013 at 11:52

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