Well this is just finger-lickin’ gross! According to a new report, trace amounts of fecal bacteria have been found in ice served at some of your favorite fast food joints in the United Kingdom. McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Burger King are among the restaurants that have found themselves in the super sh-tty situation.
The Liverpool Echo reports that 30 restaurants were tested for the disgusting matter, and it was discovered in the ice at three Mickey D’s, six Bks, and seven KFC locations. Additionally, four of the samples at Burger King and another five at KFC had “significant levels,” the report unveils.
Tony Lewis, who is the head of policy and education at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health across the pond called the discovery “extremely worrying.” He added, “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 the customers’ drinks. And then you also have to look at hygiene failure whith potentially the machines themselves — they being kept clean?”
Following the explosive discovery, spokespeople from all the restaurants spoke out and reassured their customers that hygiene and health are of the utmost importance to the corporations. Burger King’s spokesperson said, “Cleanliness and hygiene are a top priortiy for the Burger King brand. The strict procedures we have in place are designed to ensure all guests have a positive experience each time they visit our restaurants.”
McDonalds had a similar sentiment. “We have robust procedures in place with regard to the production, storage, and handling of ice in our UK restaurants,” their spokesperson said. “Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers and people and we will continue to review our procedures and training, working closely with our restaurant teams to ensure those procedures are adhered to at all times.”
The spokesperson for Kentucky Fried Chicken said the company was “shocked and extremely disappointed” with the findings, adding, “We have strict procedures for the management and handling of ice, including daily and weekly inspections and cleaning of the ice machine and storage holds, as well as the routine testing of ice quality across our business.”
Well… If you’re looking to have a meal with us, we’ll be sticking to literally anywhere else this summer!