While many seek out fresh food in Lenoir Dining Hall, some students are concerned about the threat of fowl play.
Throughout the past month two students have posted pictures on the “Overheard at UNC” Facebook page of fried chicken served with feathers still present on top.
Senior journalism major Sarah Hoehn posted an image of her memorable lunch at Lenoir on Feb. 6 not because she wanted to advertise the eating conditions, but because she and her friends found the picture amusing.
Upon noticing the feathers, Hoehn attributed the meal to an uncharacteristic mistake, and proceeded to throw out the chicken and continue eating.
Despite the feathery surprise, Hoehn does not blame the staff. She continues to return to Lenoir and was not disturbed by the event.
“I don’t think it’s a reflection on UNC’s staff because they work hard to give us quality food and this was just a mistake,” she said.
A few days later another student posted a similar picture on Facebook of an otherwise appealing meal ruined by a feather.
Extension Food Safety Specialist Dr. Ben Chapman, a professor at N.C. State University, advises that there is no harm done if feathers are present, as long as the chicken has been cooked to a safe, internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Chapman said although a feather isn’t aesthetically pleasing, it’s not a health concern.