The BBC Watchdog team are on a mission to curb your iced-drink habit, one shocking investigation at a time. Their latest project saw them test the ice at 10 UK branches of three of the biggest, global fast food chains: Burger King, KFC and McDonald's for faecal bacteria - or poo particles to the non-scientists among us.
And I'm afraid to say it's bad news - these so-called 'coliforms' were found in the ice at three McDonald's restaurants, six Burger Kings and seven KFCs - with four and five of the samples taken, respectively, found to have "significant" levels of the bad stuff, making the iced drinks unfit for human consumption.
An expert labelled the findings "extremely worrying" as drinking water is unfit for human consumption if it contains any more than zero coliforms, which puts into perspective just how dangerous these results are.
All three chains have responded to the investigation with KFC immediately putting the ice machines in the guilty restaurants out of order so they can carry out a thorough investigation. Additionally, the fried-chicken joint claims it has "reinforced the importance of adhering to our strict procedures to all employees" which I imagine include washing their hands thoroughly after using the toilet. They've also inspected and cleaned the ice machines in all its other branches nationwide.
Meanwhile, Burger King have promised to make significant improvements to staff standards and training procedures. Additionally, McDonald’s said they would be ‘happy to work with relevant industry bodies on ensuring a standard for ice contamination’.
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