Next On The Faecal Bacteria List: McDonald's, KFC, And Burger King
First Starbucks, and now McDonald's, KFC, and Burger King. Looks like faecal bacteria does not discriminate.
If you’ve been trying to convince yourself to go off fast food, this latest piece of news will work like a charm. While we always focus on the food, this time, it was the ice that was in the hot seat. An investigative programme run by the BBC, titled Watchdog, tested the ice used in beverages at fast food giants McDonald's, KFC, and Burger King’s outlets in the United Kingdom, and all 10 samples were found to be contaminated with faecal bacteria, which leads to a number of gastro diseases and can be problematic.
The coliform bacteria, which is better known as the poo bacteria, was found in all the drinks that used ice at these 3 chains. 7 samples from KFC, 6 from Burger King, and 3 from McDonald’s were found contaminated.
While all 3 expressed their displeasure and said it was unfortunate that such bacteria was found, hygiene at fast food outlets has always been suspect. There have been reports of food contamination as well, but one would blindly assume that iced drinks would pass the test. While KFC reportedly shut down its ice machines for inspection and said that health and hygiene was one of its top priorities, the bottom line is that very little is done to enforce checks on health and safety standards, either internally or by the government agency in charge.
And it is not just these 3 brands under fire. A few weeks prior to this, samples of iced drinks from Costa Coffee, Starbucks, and Caffè Nero were also found contaminated with the same bacteria. So the next time you head out, carry your own bottle to quench your thirst, and keep bacteria at bay.