In a rather shocking news report by China Central Television, “Ice cubes used by fast-food giants KFC, McDonald's and Guangzhou-based Kungfu at branches in Beijing contained bacteria far in excess of the national limit.”
This revelation is probably going to cause a lot of discomfort among fast food customers in general and not just the ones in China.
CCTV further emphasized that the ice cubes were so dirty that ‘some were even dirtier than toilet bowl water.’
After the report was released, the three fast-food operators; KFC, McDonalds and Kungfu, said they were carrying out inspections and enhancing disinfection at the stores involved.
The shocking revelation from CCTV reporters comes after a proper lab test of the ice cube samples obtained from each outlet. Following were the results of each outlet:
1. The KFC ice cubes were 20 times the limit, and 13 times higher than water samples taken from toilet bowls.
2. The amount of bacterial colonies found at McDonald's and Kungfu ice cubes reached 120 CFU and 900 CFU (colony-forming units) per milliliter respectively, exceeding the national limit of 100 per milliliter.
3. The CFU level of Kungfu's ice cubes was six times higher than toilet water
Apparently, ice machines, once installed, are rarely ever cleaned up by food outlets. This of course leads to the accumulation of bacteria and algae, consequently contaminating the incoming water and eventually the ice cubes.
Turns out, not only the menu, but ice cubes from fast food outlets can cause health problems too.
Also, this isn’t the first time such a case with fast food items has been reported. KFC customers, especially, have found gross stuff quite a lot of times inside their fried chicken.
Would you now ever get a cold drink with ice cubes from any of these outlets in your city? I know I wouldn’t.