by S. Johnson, Natural News:
The fast-food chain KFC is conducting an investigation into one of its UK restaurants after undercover reporters were served ice that harbored harmful bacteria found in feces.
The reporters who made the discovery were part of an undercover report conducted by BBC’s Rip Off Britain, which was investigating food hygiene at major fast food restaurants and coffee shops. The reporters were served ice at the Martineau Place branch of the KFC, reports Inquisitr.
The researchers sent samples of the bacteria-tainted ice to Leeds Beckett University. The team discovered high levels of fecal coliform in the drink. The bacteria are usually found in fecal matter. The presence of the bacteria suggests pathogens could be present. Food and drinks with large quantities of coliform bacteria can stir flu-like symptoms, including fever, abdominal cramps and bloating.
Margarita Gomez Escalada, a senior lecturer from Leeds Beckett University, analyzed the sample obtained from the the KFC restaurant in Birmingham. She told the program:
“We found high levels of bacteria in the ice. 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.”
The KFC restaurant has been temporarily shut down in wake of the study. Just two weeks before the ice samples were taken, the same KFC restaurant received a zero hygiene rating.
Most of the samples tested had low or benign levels of bacteria, according to the BBC program. Regardless, the test results may give a glimpse of what is lurking behind closed kitchen doors. Poor hygiene among staff can infect customers with virulent pathogens, but restaurant managers often look the other way.
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