Published On: Tue, Apr 26th, 2016

High levels of bacteria from faeces found in ice served at KFC branch



High levels of bacteria from faeces have been found on ice served at a KFC restaurant, it was revealed on Monday.

Undercover investigators for BBC’s Rip Off Britain found the contaminated ice while visiting several big-name takeaways and coffee shops.

Dr Margarita Gomez Escalada, who studied the sample at Leeds Beckett University, told the programme: “We found high levels of bacteria in the ice.

“The presence of faecal coliform suggests that there’s faecal contamination either on the water that made the ice, or the ice itself, and so it increases the risk of getting sick from consuming this ice.”

KFC said it was extremely disappointed and had launched an investigation into food hygiene at its Martineau Place branch in Birmingham.

Undercover researchers also visited a branch of Costa in Loughborough, the Chicken Cottage in Hampstead, a Café Nero in Bath, and the Wimpy in Basildon.

At each location, Rip Off Britain said its researchers asked for a cup of tap water with ice, as this can be an good indicator of standards behind the scenes.

Most of the samples that were taken turned up low and harmless levels of bacteria when tested, Rip Off Britain said.

The programme said that the KFC in question had temporarily closed for a deep clean following a zero hygiene rating only weeks before the sample was taken.

In a statement, KFC said it was undertaking “a retraining programme with all team members on our standards for touch point cleaning and procedures”.

The restaurant chain added that it took “food safety and hygiene extremely seriously”.

News Source TheTelegraph

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