Food: They're Fencing Beak to Beak

A celebrity duel is joined for fatter chicken profits

It's drumsticks at 20 paces and no chickening out as Dinah Shore and Frank Perdue square off in what history may record as the Great American Chicken War. Looking to outstrut each other as they winged into New York City last week, both hawked new supermarket products -- cooked chicken, prepared in a variety of cuts and seasonings and all dubbed fresh despite an avowed ten-to- 17-day shelf life. Ducking questions about whether a week-old roast chicken could be considered truly fresh, Perdue and Shore made it plain that in this case the term means not frozen and, presumably, not spoiled....