Yellow spots on chicken liver
I bought some chicken livers yesterday to make pate. One of the livers in the container has a mottled appearance, with some yellowish color on the otherwise red liver (picture http://i.imgur.com/TybLM.jpg). I know that if the liver is yellowish as a whole it's OK to eat since it's just fatty, but if it's spotty like this does that mean it's bad?
Since I already had cooked the other ingredients for the pate when I discovered this, I went ahead and threw the other livers (not this one) in and made it. Is the pate safe to eat or should I throw the whole thing out?
The chicken's liver is fatty. What caused it, I don't know, but I don't think it's a contagious pathogen. The liver's chicken in question was probably ill.
As others have said, it's just fat on the chicken's liver. If it were the liver of a rabbit that you discovered white or yellow spots on it while you were field dressing the rabbit my answer would be different. That rabbit would be infected with a bacteria called Tularemia that is transmitted to humans through breaks in a person's skin. But since that bacteria affects rodents and not chickens you are safe with your chicken livers. (TMI?)