Faeces found in ice at popular fast food restaurant
A United Kingdom-branch of the popular food franchise, KFC, is currently undertaking an extensive retraining programme after bacteria from faeces were discovered in ice served at the restaurant, The BBC news reported today.
The discovery was made at a Birmingham, England KFC by a BBC team that is investigating food hygiene at branches of several big-name restaurants in London.
BBC says the researchers went to the KFC and asked for a cup of tap water with ice, as this can be a good indicator of standards in the kitchen.
After testing the ice at a lab, the distasteful discovery was made as the researchers found faecal bacteria on the ice.
Dr Margarita Gomez Escalada, the researcher who studied the sample, explained that it is difficult to determine how the faecal bacteria came to be on the ice, but she had some theories.
"The thing I think is most likely is that it got there through manipulation. So someone touched the ice and their hands weren't particularly clean," she said.
Since the discovery, the KFC branch was temporarily closed and food safety authorities were called in to regulate the fast food establishment.
It has since been reopened and KFC said it was undertaking "a retraining programme with all team members on our standards for touch point cleaning and procedures".