Investigation Finds Poop Bacteria in Ice at McDonald’s, Burger King, and KFC

Bryan Brandom
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Much like a lot of their ice, McDonald’s, Burger King, and KFC find themselves in some shit.

Fresh off finding traces of poop in the ice of several coffee chains including Starbucks—ruining the establishment for us for, oh, about a day or two—BBC’s Watchdog program has gone and sullied the names of three more recognizable brands after testing their ice for poop bacteria.

The three fast-food chains yielded crappy results.

Testing 10 different U.K. locations for each of the three establishments, three McDonald’s samples came back positive for fecal bacteria, six for Burger King, and seven for KFC.

Four of Burger King’s samples and five of KFC’s contained “significant levels” of poo particles.

“It’s extremely worrying,” said Tony Lewis, head of policy and education at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. “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.

“And then you also have to look at hygiene failure with potentially the machines themselves: Are they being kept clean?”

All three chains have responded to the report that made them look like asses. McDonald’s said it would “happy to work with relevant industry bodies on ensuring a standard for ice contamination.” Burger King indicated they see the investigation results as an “opportunity to emphasize our training procedures and ensure all operations and safety standards are upheld.”

KFC said it had “reinforced the importance of adhering to our strict procedures to all employees.”

“We are awaiting the results of independent testing of the ice that will confirm they are back up to the standards we expect,” the company continued.

“To reassure customers we have also inspected and cleaned the ice machines in all other restaurants across the UK.”

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