A KFC branch in the United Kingdom has come under fire for serving ice with high levels of fecal bacteria to an undercover researcher.
Dr. Margarita Gomez Escalada studied the sample at Leeds Beckett University and stated that the bacteria led to higher chance of sickness to consumers. She performed the tests for BBC One's "Rip Off Britain" program.
"The presence of fecal coliform suggests that there's fecal 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," she told the program.
KFC was not the only restaurant surveyed. The undercover researchers also visited branches of Café Nero in Bath and the Wimpy in Basildon.
The researchers associated with the show asked for a cup of tap water with ice at every restaurant under investigation, since this often clearly indicates the hygiene levels, and apparently they were quite satisfied with the low levels of harmless bacteria found.
However, the KFC branch in question closed down for the time being in order to carry out a detailed investigation.
"When we reported this to KFC, they were horrified. They literally leapt to action and they got the Food Standards Agency back,” said Angela Rippon, co-presenter of "Rip Off Britain" said.
The restaurant stated that it takes "food safety and hygiene extremely seriously".
It is important to note that this is not the first time something like this has happened with KFC. A news report previously released by China Central Television highlighted that the ice cubes used in fast-food restaurants such as KFC and McDonald's were even dirtier than toilet bowls. Moreover, bacteria far in excess of the national limit were found at these fast food outlets.
It is about time that people took account of how unhygienic food at eateries can actually be. While our lives become busier by the day, and we grow to depend more and more on fast food, it is important that we put our health first, and keep a track of what we take in, in order to ensure good health.