BBC Experts find Poop Bacteria in Ice Served at McDonald’s and other fast food chains
Here’s another thing to worry about if you love your burgers, fries and colas from Burger King, McDonald and KFC. Experts from BBC have found excreta in fast food products from all of these chains. BBC’s investigation channel “watchdog” found the unthinkable in products present in McDonald’s, Burger King and KFC. After testing, BBC experts found human fecal matter in the ice used in the beverages sold by the giant food chains.
The investigators tested ten samples of products taken from each of the mega fast food chains for traces of fecal coliform or to simply put it human and animal excreta!!Among the samples that were tested by the BBC experts, fecal coliform was found in drinks from three samples of McDonald’s, seven from Burger King and seven from KFC outlets. Five samples from KFC and four samples from Burger King contained high levels of the bacteria.
1 What the Fast food chains have to say
In a statement issued by a KFC spokesman, the company said they were shocked and disappointed by the results. He also claimed that the company employs stringent measures in handling ice with daily and weekly inspections. Cleaning of the ice machine and storage was regular. Ice quality was also tested throughout all of the chains belonging to the business.
Burger King said “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,”.
2 McDonalds stated they have strict production procedures in place
McDonalds claimed they have very strict procedures in place with regards to the production, storage, and handling of ice in the 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,”.
As per a statement issued by The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) which is a UK government body responsible for control of water standards, There should not be even the slightest traces of coliform bacteria present in any water used by people. These new findings where BBC experts have found excreta in fast food products are extremely worrying.
3 Authorities are worried at the trend which is a second incident in two months
Tony Lewis, head of policy and education at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health was quoted by the Liverpool Echo for stating “You have to look at the people making the ice and handling the ice, which they then transfer into customers’ drinks. And then you also have to look at hygiene failure with potentially the machines themselves: are they being kept clean?”
The latest incident comes close on the heels of a similar incident last month when BC journalists found also found excreta in fast food products. This time traces of the same bacteria were found present in samples of iced drinks collected from Starbucks, Costa Coffee and Caffe Nero.