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“Million Pounds of Rat Meat As Chicken Wings” Fake-News Report

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline:
Report circulating via social media claims that the FDA has found a million pounds of rat meat at the Port of San Francisco that was destined to be sold as chicken wings across the United States. 

Brief Analysis:
The claims are utter nonsense. The FDA has made no such discovery. The fictional story comes from a factually dubious “healthy advice” website. The original version of the story came from the notorious fake-news website World News Daily Report.

Example:
Million Pounds Of Rat Meat Being Sold As Boneless Chicken Wings In U.SThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at the Port of San Francisco destroyed numerous illegal containers imported into the U.S from China. These containers contained rat meat!Million Pounds of Rat Meat Fake-News

Detailed Analysis:
According to a report that has been making its way around the interwebz for several months, a million pounds of rat meat has been sold as chicken wings in the United States. Supposedly, the FDA has intercepted and destroyed “numerous illegal containers” of the rat meat at the Port of San Francisco. The report claims that the meat was destined to be shipped to grocery stores and restaurants across the United States and sold as chicken meat.

However, the claims in the report are nonsense. The FDA has not intercepted millions of pounds of rat meat as claimed. And there are no credible news reports that support the claim that rat meat has been sold as chicken across the United States.

The bogus report comes from a “Healthy Advice” website that churns out a stream of factually dubious alternative health and diet stories. The false rat meat story is likely just a rather callous attempt to gain more site visitors.

And, the report is not even original. In fact, it is a quite poorly written rehash of an earlier – and equally false – story that came from the notorious fake-news website World News Daily Report.

It is wise to verify any strange or unusual “news” stories that come your way before you share them. Searching a news portal such as Google News will usually reveal if a circulating story is true. Of course, if it were true that rat meat was being sold as chicken across the United States, the story would be extensively covered by mainstream news outlets around the world.


Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer