Following in from the revelation that traces of poo were found in products across several coffee chains, the BBC’s Watchdog show has found traces of similar stuff in the ice of randomly chosen branches of KFC, Burger King & McDonald’s.
The show’s investigators checked for coliforms in the drinking water and ice at three branches of McDonald’s, six samples from Burger King, and seven branches of KFC.
Obviously, there should be absolutely no trace of poo particles in drinking water, but four samples from BK and five from KFC were found to have “significant” levels of coliforms, leaving experts to describe the discovery as “extremely worrying.”
Burger King swiftly promised to emphasise standards and training procedures for employees, while KFC shut down the suspect ice machines in order to do its own inspection, and said it had “reinforced the importance of adhering to our strict procedures to all employees”.
A spokesman said: “We are awaiting the results of independent testing of the ice that will confirm they are back up to the standards we expect.”
“To reassure customers we have also inspected and cleaned the ice machines in all other restaurants across the UK.”
Grim. So very grim. But, realistically, is this really going to stop you going to KFC?