The next time the craving for quarter pounder hits, you might want to think twice about heading to your local McDonald's. A BBC investigation found human fecal matter in selected McDonald’s, Burger King and KFC food and drinks. What's more, the tested items also contain traces of animal excrement.
Experts featured from the program “Watchdog” found traces of human sh*t in ice used in beverages from all three fast-food chains.
Experts tested ten samples at each of the chains for traces of “fecal coliform” that is found in both human and animal excrement.
Rt.com reports: The coliforms were discovered in three samples of McDonald’s drinks, six from Burger King and in seven samples taken at KFC food outlets. Four of the samples collected from Burger King and five from KFC reportedly had “significant” levels of the bacteria.
The fast food chains were quick to respond to the findings.
“We are shocked and extremely disappointed by these results. 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,” a KFC spokesman said in response.
“Cleanliness and hygiene are a top priority 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,”according to Burger King.
“We have robust procedures in place with regard to the production, storage, and handling of ice in our UK restaurants. 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,” a McDonald’s spokesman told CNBC.
According to Tony Lewis, head of policy and education at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, improper food handling, and hygiene failure are the culprit behind the contamination.
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