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BBC Watchdog: KFC ice contaminated with faecal bacteria 

Ice served up by leading fast food chains with their soft drinks is contaminated with faecal bacteria, it has been revealed.

More than half the samples taken from major fast food chains – KFC, Burger King and McDonald’s – were contaminated.

The figures come from a study commissioned by the BBC Watchdog programme and follow earlier revelations about similar contamination of the ice served up by coffee shop chains.

Ice served up by leading fast food chains with their soft drinks is contaminated with faecal bacteria

Ice served up by leading fast food chains with their soft drinks is contaminated with faecal bacteria

More than half the samples taken from major fast food chains – KFC, Burger King and McDonald’s – were contaminated

The coliforms were found at seven of the 10 samples taken from KFC, six of those from Burger King and three from McDonald’s

Ice was sampled at 10 randomly selected branches of each of the chains – 30 outlets in total.

It was tested for coliforms that are indicators of faecal contamination, which DEFRA – the government department that sets water standards in the UK – advises should not be at all present in water used for human consumption.

The contamination is likely to have occurred because the ice, or ice making machines, has been touched by staff who have not washed their hands thoroughly after going to the toilet.

The coliforms were found at seven of the 10 samples taken from KFC, six of those from Burger King and three from McDonald’s.

Four of the samples taken at Burger King and five at KFC were described as having ‘significant’ levels of contamination.

Tony Lewis, the Head of Policy and Education at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, described the findings as ‘extremely worrying’.

He said: ‘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 customers’ drinks.

‘And then you also have to look at hygiene failure with potentially the machines themselves: are they being kept clean?’

More than half the samples taken from major fast food chains – KFC, Burger King and McDonald’s – were contaminated

More than half the samples taken from major fast food chains – KFC, Burger King and McDonald’s – were contaminated

The contamination is likely to have occurred because the ice, or ice making machines, has been touched by staff who have not washed their hands thoroughly after going to the toilet

The contamination is likely to have occurred because the ice, or ice making machines, has been touched by staff who have not washed their hands thoroughly after going to the toilet

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