'Woody' Chicken Breasts Could Hurt The Industry
"Woody" chicken breasts are described as being a bit tougher and chewier than other chicken breasts.By Newsy Staff | April 5, 2016
There's been a rapid increase in demand for chicken meat recently, and The Wall Street Journal reports that's causing a condition called "woody breasts" in chickens.
The outlet writes, "A growing share of broiler chickens — bred for meat, not to lay eggs — now can yield a pair of breast fillets that are heavier than an entire bird was a few decades ago."
"It's like a wooden board. Instead of being tender and juicy, it's hardened. ... When you process it or whatever, the meat is somewhat tougher than normal," senior technical veterinarian Don Waldrip told Poultry Health Today.