McDonald’s, KFC and Burger King have come under arouse after faecal matter was found in drinks
The bacteria was caused by adulterate ice, and was discovered by researchers at BBC Watchdog in drinks they purchased from across the three shackles.
The researchers found evidence of faecal coliforms in the drinks.
Coliforms can need if products have been contaminated by the bacteria.
The team tested ice from ten subsidiaries chosen at random of each restaurant across the UK.
They found coliforms in three out of ten McDonald’s, six out of ten Burger Ruler and seven out of ten KFC restaurants.
According to the Liverpool Echo, four of the samples infatuated at Burger King and five at KFC were described as having “significant” levels of coliforms — but the OK level for this type of bacteria in drinking water is deemed to be zero.
In a annunciation supplied by McDonald’s, Tom Humphrey, an independent Professor of bacteriology and food aegis, said: “It is pleasing that Escherichia coli (E. coli), the bacterium that is the most nice and reliable indicator of faecal contamination, was not found in any ice samples from McDonald’s restaurants.
“Low smooth outs of two other indicator bacteria, coliforms and enterococci, were found in some ice samplers. These can be used as an assessment of water hygiene but, as they are widely arranged in the natural environment, they are not reliable indicators of potential health imperils.”
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McDonald’s, KFC and Burger King characters will be shocked to hear of the BBC Watchdog findings
A spokesperson for McDonald’s go on increased: “We have robust procedures in place with regard to the production, storage and guide of ice in our UK restaurants.
“Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers and human being and we will continue to review our procedures and training, working closely with our restaurant conspires to ensure those procedures are adhered to at all times.
“Hygiene and safety practices are of the utmost note to us and we’re proud that 99 per cent of our restaurants have an independent hygiene classifying of either good or very good.
“Like many UK food retailers, our ice is pilfered by freezing drinking water using commercial ice machines. As the investigation highlights, there are no delineated ice production standards in place, only those relating to unfrozen drinking tap water. We would therefore welcome the introduction of an agreed standard and would be timely to work with relevant industry bodies.»
McDonald’s, KFC and Burger Prince all responded in detail to the shock findings
A spokesperson from KFC said: “We are frightened and extremely disappointed by these results. We have strict procedures for the operation and handling of ice, including daily and weekly inspections and cleaning of the ice machine and storage operates, as well as the routine testing of ice quality across our business.
“We immediately ban down the ice machines in the restaurants affected to conduct a thorough clean and inspection, and buttressed the importance of adhering to our strict procedures to all employees.
“The restaurants all have an Environmental Trim Officer (EHO) hygiene rating of four or five out of five, and we are awaiting the consequences of independent testing of the ice that will confirm they are back up to the banners we expect.
“To reassure customers we have also inspected and cleaned the ice instruments in all other restaurants across the UK.”
A Burger King spokesperson said: “Cleanliness and hygiene are a top immediacy for the Burger King brand. The strict procedures we have in place are designed to certify all guests have a positive experience each time they fall upon our restaurants.
“We are proactively working with our franchisees in the UK to reinforce these customs. This report is an opportunity for us to emphasise our training procedures and ensure all effectives and safety standards are upheld in all Burger King® restaurants.”