Currently Sweden is in the grip of a strange and unlikely epidemic – the dreaded glass-in-chicken scenario. Reports have been coming in from all over of consumers finding small chunks of glass in their chicken bits, both fresh and frozen.
The most bizarre thing about this is the complete lack of coherent information. All we hear are things like: “More glass found in chicken in some crappy little town!” or “Now glass found in restaurant!” or “Chicken pulled from shelves. Again!”
But actual analysis and discussion, apart from confused mumbling from Säpo (the Swedish FBI) about them looking into it, is missing. This is bizarre.
Is somebody putting the glass bits in chicken, and who? Is it some kind of one-off, or an organised campaign? What kind of glass is being found? Is it the same kind all over? Is is some artefact from the production process? Is it a new exciting way to slaughter chickens? Or is it sabotage, and why?
But nobody seems willing to venture an opinion. And nobody has yet claimed responsibility. Everybody suspects animal rights people, but if it is them they are going about this in a very stupid way indeed. Isn’t claiming reposibility step one of this kind of sabotage?
And if it is animal rights people, then this is the worst plan ever, since the chicken recalled and destroyed will have to be replaced by, you guessed it, the deaths of even more chickens. Chalk one up for the animal rights geniuses!
I think it’s the chickens themselves, breaking beer glasses and swallowing the shards in an attempt to shorten their miserable factory lives, Or perhaps it’s the aliens again. But whatever it is, I doubt that the strangely incurious Swedish press will find the answer any time soon.
/ paddy (your bimonthly news source)