Patrons ordering the popular Zinger and Dunked wings from KFC might be sorely disappointed as the province struggles the H5N8 strain. The availability of chicken products have become far and few between due to the impact of the outbreak of avian influenza (AI).

KFC has been particularity hard-hit by the virus, as many of their stores are temporarily out of stock of their big selling Zinger and Dunked wings.

KFC Africa spokesperson, Thabisa Mkhwanasi said that the shortages were a direct result of the outbreak of avian influenza.

She said the fast food chain is concerned about the impact the virus may have on national egg banks and the effect on the availability of the broiler chicken breed.

Mkhwanasi said KFC wants to reassure their customers that they are working with suppliers to bring supply levels back in the hopes to meet demand as far as possible.

Many retailers have also been affected the outbreak of the virus. The Shoprite/Checkers group said that in the foreseeable future, retailers won’t be able to place eggs on promotion to keep demand levels stable.

The Western Cape has lost more than 2-million birds because of the outbreak of avian influenza. It has spread to other provinces, leaving Limpopo and the Northern Cape the only areas unaffected.

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