health & Food

Don’t Put Ice in Your Drinks at McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC – It’s a Warning


A BBC Watchdog report found that ice that is served up by some fast food chains was contaminated with fecal bacteria.


More than half of the samples from the major chains—including Burger King, KFC, and McDonald’s—were contaminated with the bacteria, according to the BBC documentary. The investigation was made after it was revealed that ice from coffee chains like Starbucks also contained fecal bacteria.

Bacteria samples were also found in the drinking water at the chains.


Out of 10 samples that were obtained from each of the three chains, seven were found to be contaminated from KFC, six were contaminated from Burger King, and three from McDonald’s, the Watchdog report stated. Five of the seven tested at KFC were noted as “severe” in the report.

A Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) bucket of fried chicken is seen in this picture illustration taken April 6, 2017. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

“When we’re finding the sorts of numbers we’re finding here, you have to look at the people making the ice, handling the ice, which they then transfer into customers’ drinks,” said Tony Lewis, who is Head of Policy and Education at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, according to The Independent.

“And then you also have to look at hygiene failure with potentially the machines themselves: are they being kept clean?”

KFC said it completely shut down the ice machines that were named in the report.

“We are awaiting the results of independent testing of the ice that will confirm they are back up to the standards we expect,” a KFC representative told The BBC. “To reassure customers we have also inspected and cleaned the ice machines in all other restaurants across the UK.”

A McDonalds in central London, September 4, 2017. (Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images)

And a McDonald’s spokesperson said: “Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers and people and we will continue to review our procedures and training, working closely with our restaurant teams to ensure those procedures are adhered to at all times.”

After the tests, Burger King also said that “cleanliness and hygiene are a top priority.”