A new report from the Humane League claims that 99% of supermarket chicken has pockets of fat, called white stripes, running through it.
The nonprofit group said its findings show how chickens are being raised with little concern for their welfare. But white striping can also deplete the nutritional value of meat, the group added.
The findings “should raise alarm bells for consumers everywhere,” David Coman-Hidy, president of the Humane League, said in a news release.
The Humane League analyzed chicken in 29 major supermarkets across the country. They found white striping disease in all but 1% of the chicken they studied. Moderate-to-severe white striping was seen in 70% of chicken meat, and all the 16 major groceries surveyed had white striping in their store-brand chicken breast packages. White striping occurs as chickens are bred to grow fast. These methods increase the fat in the birds by up to 224% and reduce protein levels, according to the Humane League.
Ten years ago, white striping was found in less than 5% of chickens, but five years later it was found in 96% of chickens, CBS MoneyWatch reported.