Warning: Fecal Bacteria Found In Products At McDonald’s, KFC, Burger King
An undercover investigation has discovered that the ice used in beverages at McDonald's, KFC, and Burger King is contaminated with fecal bacteria.
An undercover investigation has discovered that the ice used in beverages at McDonald’s, KFC, and Burger King restaurants in the UK is contaminated with fecal bacteria.
This is hazardous – not to mention disgusting:
Experts from the program “Watchdog” tested ten samples at each of the chains for traces of “fecal coliform” that is found in human and animal feces and cause a number of diseases.
The coliforms were discovered in three samples of McDonald’s drinks, six from Burger King and in seven samples taken at KFC food outlets. Four of the samples collected from Burger King and five from KFC reportedly had “significant” levels of the bacteria.
The fast food chains were quick to respond to the allegations:
“We are shocked and extremely disappointed by these results. We have strict procedures for the management and handling of ice, including daily and weekly inspections and cleaning of the ice machine and storage holds, as well as the routine testing of ice quality across our business,” a KFC spokesman said in response.
“Cleanliness and hygiene are a top priority for the Burger King brand. The strict procedures we have in place are designed to ensure all guests have a positive experience each time they visit our restaurants,” according to Burger King.
“We have robust procedures in place with regard to the production, storage, and handling of ice in our UK restaurants. Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers and people, and we will continue to review our procedures and training, working closely with our restaurant teams to ensure those procedures are adhered to at all times,” a McDonald’s spokesman told CNBC.
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Of course this begs the question: how did the fecal bacteria get in the ice? Are employees of these restaurants not properly washing their hands after using the restroom? Or are the machines themselves not being properly cleaned? Furthermore, if this is the case in the UK, what’s to say it’s not the same in the United States and elsewhere?
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