Ice in 6 out of 10 Fast Food Restaurants Dirtier than Toilet Water

(NaturalSociety TV) A recent investigation by The Mail found that 6 out of 10 restaurants in Britain including McDonald’s, Burger King, and KFC, serve ice that is riddled with more bacteria than their toilets. Further, 4 samples were so contaminated that they posed a ‘hygiene risk’. Most of us avoid fast food restaurants due to the health-devastating, nutritionally dead food, but who would have guessed that even the ice is questionable (outside of the tap water contaminants)?

For the investigation, samples of ice and toilet water were gathered from branches of ten chains in Basingstoke, Hampshire and transported to a testing facility known as Microtech Services Wessex. The samples from McDonald’s, KFC, and Nando’s were found to be contaminated primarily due to ‘environmental issues’ like a dirty ice machine. Burger King, on the other hand, was said to be caused by human contamination like dirty hands.

Here are the test results, per ML:

  • Nando’s – Ice dirtier than toilets. Tests on ice water  at 22C: 2,100 organisms. Toilet water: 1,300 organisms.
  • Burger King – Ice dirtier than toilets. Ice bacteria at 37C: 260 organisms. Toilet water: Within drinking water regulations.
  • McDonald’s – Ice dirtier than toilets. Ice bacteria at 22C: 1,400 organisms. Toilet water at 37C: 260 organisms.
  • KFC – Ice dirtier than toilets. Tests on ice water at 22C: 1,100 organisms. Toilet water: Less than 1.
  • Cafe Rouge – Ice dirtier than toilets, but not above laboratory’s hygiene guidelines. Toilet water: Less than 1.
  • Starbucks – Ice dirtier than toilets, but is within laboratory hygiene guidelines.
  • Pizza Hut – Bacteria in ice: 430 organisms at 22C. Toilet water exceeded drinking water standards.
  • Pizza Express – Bacteria in ice insignificant. Toilet water: at 22C3, 200 organisms – highest in study.
  • Gourmet Burger Kitchen – Bacteria in ice insignificant. Toilet water: Within bacteria count guidelines.
  • Wagamama – Ice bacteria at both temperatures less than 10 organisms. Toilet water had 160 organisms at 37C.

“This is a warning,’ Dr. Melody Greenwood, a former laboratory director for the Health Protection Agency, said. “It is easy to forget ice can carry bacteria because they think it is too cold for germs, but that is far from the truth. Nasty bugs such as E.coli can lurk in ice machines. In some cases, such as [the restaurant] Nando’s, we found double the amount of bacteria we would expect to find [in drinking water]. This is caused by things such as a failure to clean machines and scoops used by staff.”

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  1. james228 says:

    ewww…that is so gross, how could these fast food chain who we entrust us to suffice our need for food let this be, coolers dirtier that toilet water, are you kidding me? oh my…

  2. Truth Seeker says:

    This, of course, assumes that the toilet is free of floaters.

  3. Pineapple says:

    I would be interested in how USA fast food restaurants would compare to this. Perhaps you don’t want to know!

  4. Peach says:

    Your right “Pineapple.” People most likely don’t want to know.

  5. Laughing lulu says:

    Yes, it would be interesting to see a study conducted in the USA. I’m pretty sure it might be just as bad if not worse.
    I bet regular restaurants have the same issues as well,

  6. Leslie says:

    Why is there not a share button for Facebook? Would love to share….

  7. Jana says:

    I have always suspected that you put an American restaurants in another country they would not have the same sanitation standards. I have worked in the food industry a while back and here in the USA the health department would do random checks and if they found violations, they would have one chance to correct it and if not, it would be shut down until the violations were corrected and the whole place had to be ship shape before reopening. Need that in all the ones who went to another country, as we are being percieved by the people in another country as being clean or dirty.

    • Panni says:

      This is true. Here in NYC you see grades of each resturant from A (the best grade) to F (for Failure). Resturants get closed down if they get a C until they raise their grade to at least a B. I am relieved to see it was in the UK.

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