Wyngz is a chicken food product that is in the shape of a chicken wing or a bite-size appetizer-type product, but is not actually a chicken wing. The United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service permits the use of the term "wyngz" (but no other misspellings) on food packaging under the following conditions in which the Agency considers its use fanciful and not misleading:
- The poultry used is white chicken (with or without skin)
- "Wyngz" is placed contiguous to a prominent, conspicuous, and legible descriptive name (e.g., "white chicken fritters") in the same color font
- The smallest letter in the descriptive name is no smaller than one-third the size of the largest letter used in "wyngz"
- A statement that further clarifies that the product does not contain any wing meat or is not derived only from wing meat (e.g., "contains no wing meat," "with no wing meat," "contains breast meat and wing meat") is placed in close proximity to the descriptive name and linked to "wyngz" by use of an asterisk. "Wyngz" referenced elsewhere on the package (e.g., on the front riser panel) would also need to be displayed with an asterisk linking it to this statement on the principal display panel.
- Elizabeth Tyler (4 Feb 2011). "Wing-Less 'Wyngz': The New Fast-Food Favorite". TIME. Retrieved 28 Jan 2014.
But far from being a sneaky tactic, the lack of wings in “wyngz” is entirely indulged by government guidelines. It’s clearly written on the USDA’s Food and Safety Inspection Service: “The FSIS allows the use of the term “wyngz” to denote a product that is in “the shape of a wing or a bite-sized appetizer type product” but that contains no wing meat but only under certain conditions. These conditions include the stipulation that the poultry used is white chicken (with or without skin) and that “a prominent, conspicuous, and legible descriptive name (e.g., “contains no wing meat”) is placed in close proximity to the descriptive name and linked to “wyngz” by use of an asterisk.”
- "Wyngz?". Nestlé. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
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