Meat of end-of-lay-hens priced like broilers
Kalpetta: Complaints have arisen that some meat stalls in the state sell the meat of end-of-lay-hens which is called spent hens faking it to be indigenous chicken meat. The price charged for the meat of end-of-lay-hens sold off by poultry farms is same as that of broiler chicken.
The chicken shop owners call the old chicken as ‘parent chicken’. These chicken are brought from the large scale poultry farms from other states. The farm owners sell them for meagre price after the fowls stop laying eggs due to ageing. But the meat of these chicken is sold for 4-5 times more than the actual price.
The end-of-lay-hens meat is not brought to all chicken stalls. The difference in the quality of meat can be recognised only after cooking. The buyers said that the meat of the old chicken hardly gets cooked. Even if the meat is cooked, it is hard to consume it.
Those who complain to the shopkeepers were told different reasons such as that the meat was of indigenous chicken and the cover was swapped by mistake and the like. Some of the consumers are planning to lodge a complaint with the food safety department regarding this.