“Is There A Duty To Test A Chicken McNugget?”

Lawsuits alleging the finding of extraneous objects in food are rather common; lawsuits demanding that mass-market food items be inspected for such, less so [Chicago Tribune via Kyle White, Abnormal Use]:

The suit contends that McDonald’s employees failed to inspect and test the Chicken McNugget in question for bone fragments prior to serving it to Anderson.

You’d think that would help solve the problem of how to keep employment up at the fast-food chain after the robot cashiers take over. But not so fast — turns out there are chicken x-ray machines.


  • Chicken nugget x-ray you say? Class action being filed re failure to warn of potential consumer exposure to harmful radiation in 3-2-1

  • (1) If we took the bones out it wouldn’t be crunchy. R. v. Python

  • Wouldn’t this ordinarily be a strict liability claim anyway?

  • Not a flaw, but a feature. As the name McNugget might suggest by incorporating the word nugget in the name, customers have reasonably come to expect there to be nuggets within. People should generally appreciate that chicken is a naturally occurring food product, which in the natural state contains, among other things, bones, tendons, vital organs, and other body parts.