Securing the KFC

So how secret is that secretive recipe for the Colonel’s favorite fried chicken?  Apparantly very.

The recipe lays out a mix of 11 herbs and spices that coat the chain’s Original Recipe chicken, including exact amounts for each ingredient. It is written in pencil and signed by Harland Sanders.

The iconic recipe is now protected by an array of high-tech security gadgets, including motion detectors and cameras that allow guards to monitor the vault around the clock.

“It’s like an onion of security — many layers,” said security expert Bo Dietl, who brought the recipe back to the building.

Thick concrete blocks encapsulate the vault, situated near office cubicles, that is connected to a backup generator to keep the security system operating in times of power outages.

“I can guarantee you, once it’s in there, it will be safe,” Dietl assured Eaton.

The recipe is such a tightly held secret that not even Eaton knows its full contents. Only two company executives at any time have access to the recipe. KFC won’t release their names or titles, and it uses multiple suppliers who produce and blend the ingredients but know only a part of the entire contents.

“We’ve very comfortable with the security,” [KFC President Roger] Eaton said. “I don’t think anyone can break into it.”

What we’re talking about here is a yellowed piece of paper, originally written by Harland Sanders, aka The Colonel.  It has the exact amounts for each of the 11 ingredients on it.  But still, doesn’t this seem a bit overkill?

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