Saturday, 19 August, 2017

UK McDonald's, KFC, Burger King drinks test positive for poo bacteria

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Sammy Stanley | 22 July, 2017, 00:38

The claim was put forward by BBC's Watchdog show that found that ice at outlets of these fast food joints was found to contain faecal matter after testing.

Fecal coliform is linked to a variety of diseases, and while Burger King and KFC have since released statements expressing dismay and a commitment to better "management and handling of ice", McDonald's pointed out that levels found in its ice samples were quite low, and "not reliable indicators of potential health risks".

"You have to look at the people making the ice, handling the ice, which they then transfer into customers' drinks".

Ice was tested for coliforms that are indicators of faecal contamination, which Defra - the government department that sets water standards in the United Kingdom - advises to be present not at all in water used for human consumption.

Neither KFC or Burger King were immediately available for a response when contacted by CNBC. "And then you also have to look at hygiene failure whith potentially the machines themselves - they being kept clean?"

A KFC spokesperson said: "We are shocked and extremely disappointed by these results". Burger King's spokesperson said, "Cleanliness and hygiene are a top priortiy for the Burger King brand". Seven samples tested positive for the presence of fecal bacteria.

Among the results, four Burger King and five KFC branches revealed significant levels of contamination, which is saying a lot since there is no safe "minimum" level of contamination when it comes to the pathogenic bacteria, especially when it is for human consumption.

"The strict procedures we have in place are created to ensure all Guests have a positive experience each time they visit our restaurants", the Burger chain added. We are proactively working with our franchisees in the U.K.to reinforce these procedures.

McDonald's also took the issue seriously and said that current regulations only cover unfrozen drinking water, therefore, regulations need to be improved to include ice production.

Burger King said it would make sure all employees understood the correct procedures and standards in their training, and McDonald's said it wants to cooperate with industry experts on "ensuring a standard for ice contamination".

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