KFC labels 'fried rat' photo a hoax
IT TURNED stomachs worldwide, but there is now doubt over whether a man ever really found a "rat" in his bucket of chicken bought from KFC.
US customer Devorise Dixon shared the image on Facebook, showing what appeared to be a rat, complete with tail and long face.
In his post, he said it was now "time for a lawyer".
But KFC in the United States has said it was likely a hoax.
The fast food giant told ABC News in the US it had "made various attempts to contact this customer, but he is refusing to talk to us directly or through an attorney.
"Our chicken tenders often vary in size and shape, and we currently have no evidence to support this allegation."
A spokesperson said it was clearly a "a piece of hand-breaded white meat chicken".
Dixon had also refused to allow an independent lab to look at the product -- at KFC's cost -- or cooperate with an investigation, according to the chain.
EARLIER: KFC customer 'finds fried rat' in meal
WHEN most of us share a photo of our dinner on Facebook, it's usually to show off how delicious it looks - not because it resembles mistakenly deep-fried vermin.
But that's exactly why a photo taken by a KFC customer in California has gone viral, after he claimed he found a rat in his meal at the fast-food restaurant.
Former Child Development and Education student Devorise Dixon shared an image online of what appeared to be a rodent, complete with a long tail, rotund belly, and pointy face.
Dixon warned his Facebook friends not to eat at KFC, and claimed that the manager had apologised and said it was a rat.
"It's time for a lawyer," he wrote, adding: "Be safe don't eat fast food!!!"
Describing the moment he began eating what he believes was a rat, he wrote on Facebook: "As I bit into it I noticed that it was very hard and rubbery which made me look at it.
"As I looked down at it I noticed that it was was in a shape of a rat with a tail," he said.
Dixon also shared a video of the 'rat' in an attempt to prove the original photo wasn't tampered with.
However, KFC are sceptical and said in a statement on social media that Dixon has not responded to their attempts to contact him.
The fast food giant said in a statement seen by Yahoo News: "KFC has made various attempts to contact this customer, but he is refusing to talk to us directly or through an attorney.
"Our chicken tenders often vary in size and shape, and we currently have no evidence to support this allegation. We have extended the opportunity to have an independent lab evaluate the product at our own expense, but the customer refuses to provide the product in question."
KFC bosses told the Mirror that an investigation found no evidence to support this claim, however they did not confirm what the food was made of.