WARNING: Don’t Put Ice In Your Drinks At KFC, McDonald’s And Burger King

WARNING: Don’t Put Ice In Your Drinks At KFC, McDonald’s And Burger King

Don’t freak out, but a study of ice machines at various fast food restaurants have proven that more than half of them were septic with bacteria originating from…oh gosh…fecal matter.

According to a watchdog study that was taken, several restaurants were unsuccessful when doing random tests of their ice machines, which showed that coliform bacteria was found growing in them — which is a pretty disgusting sign that some fecal matter was present on the ice. The contamination can most likely be attributed to an employee who failed to soundly wash their hands and then touched the ice.

You can count Kentucky Fried Chicken, Burger King and McDonald’s among the fast food restaurants that failed miserably during the test and KFC showed coliform bacteria growth at seven of the 10 restaurants tested. Out of that seven, five of them were so bad that they had to put them in the “severe” range.

Tony Lewis, Head of Policy and Education at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health discussed the following:

“When we’re finding the sorts of numbers we’re finding here, you have to look at the people making the ice, handling the ice, which they then transfer into customers’ drinks.” Lewis also felt that the studies were “extremely worrying.”

KFC was one fast-food joint that actually responded to the study given, saying their procedures for cleaning the ice machines were very rigorous and that each of the locations that were on the fail side, had been exhaustively cleaned after a temporary shutdown. The company also tried to cover its tracks by stating that its restaurants have habitually scored highly or perfectly during recent health inspections.

McDonald’s response to the study was very much similar in sentiment, saying their food safety guidelines were being reviewed and that customer service was at the top of their priority list.

“Hygiene and safety practices are of the utmost importance to us and we’re proud that 99 percent of our restaurants have an independent hygiene rating of either good or very good.”

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