KFC, McDonald’s Ice Cubes in China Found Dirtier than Toilet Water

KFC Ice Cubes Found Dirtier than Toilet Water

07-22 14:43 Caijing

CCTV said test results of samples from stores of KFC, McDonalds and the Chinese brand the Kung Fu at the same location found excessive levels bacteria colonies in their ice.

Global fast food chain KFC apologized Sunday over a central television report that ice cubes supplied in stores were found even dirtier than the public toilet water. “We are sorry about this,” KFC (China) said in the entries of its verified official micro blog on Sina Weibo, “Our quality department has inspected the restaurant and urged the staff to immediately clean and sterilize the ice-makers and other equipment strictly in accordance with our standards.” The China Central Television (CCTV) revealed on Saturday in a program that test results of samples from stores of KFC, McDonalds and the Chinese brand the Kung Fu at the same location, found excessive levels of bacteria colonies in their ice. The amount of bacteria colonies was 19 times higher than allowed under China’s national standard, and 12 times than that in the toilet water, the report said. Ice cubes in the Kung Fu were also dirtier than toilet water but not in the McDonalds, although the bacterial level there also exceed the national standard.Both McDonalds and the Kung Fu said they take the report seriously, and that they would carry out follow-up investigations in response to the revelation, but neither of them delivered an apology.

The state-run CCTV has in recent years acted as a major source for the exposure of food safety scandals in China, and due to its background and nation-wide coverage, companies used to take a hard hit for negative exposure in its programs.

It is not the first time for restaurant ice cubes at popular restaurants chains to be under scrutiny. A June study by the Daily Mail in Britain found higher bacterial levels in McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Starbucks, and other fast food chains, than their toilet water.

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