This KFC Restaurant’s Ice Water Were Tainted With Faeces

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Apr 25 2016
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You’ve read about KFC chickens with 6 wings and 8 legs but you might rubbish it as merely rumours. You might even laugh off such KFC-bred mutant chickens as one-off case of accident genetically modified chicken. But something quite yucky seemed to have consistently occurred at KFC, until it was exposed by undercover researcher.

KFC China - Rumour Chickens With Six Wings & Eight Legs

As part of a wider investigation of several top brand takeaways and coffee shops, which were broadcast by the BBC’s “Rip Off Britain”, Margarita Gomez Escalada found something unbelievable from one of UK fast-food chain KFC. The senior lecturer from Leeds Beckett University discovered presence of faeces bacteria from a cup of tap water with ice.


According to BBC, undercover researchers visited a branch of Costa in Loughborough, the Chicken Cottage in Hampstead, a Café Nero in Bath and the Wimpy in Basildon, as well as the KFC at Martineau Place in Birmingham. At each location, the undercover researchers asked for a cup of tap water with ice.

Faeces Tainted Ice Water at KFC Martineau Place, Birmingham, UK

As it turns out, the sample taken from a Birmingham KFC restaurant (Martineau Place) contained high levels of bacteria. Dr Margarita said – “The presence of faecal coliform suggests that there’s faecal 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.”


While coliforms themselves are not normally causes of serious illness, their presence is used to indicate that other pathogenic organisms of faecal origin may be present, including disease-causing bacteria and viruses. The BBC programme said that the KFC in question had temporarily closed for a deep clean following a zero out of five hygiene rating only weeks before the sample was taken.

Faeces Tainted Ice Water at KFC Martineau Place, Birmingham, UK - Dr Margarita Gomez Escalada at Leeds Beckett University

Janet Cox, Head of Health, Safety and Environment at KFC UK&I, said that they were “extremely disappointed by the ice test results and immediately launched an investigation”. She further claims – “We have also undertaken a retraining programme with all team members on our standards for touch point cleaning and procedures.”


Angela Rippon, the presenter of Rip Off Britain, said the investigation highlighted the importance of hygiene ratings labels. The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland helps consumers choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving them information about the hygiene standards in restaurants, takeaways and food shops.

BBC Rip Off Britain Food Presenters - Angela Rippon, Gloria Hunniford and Julia Somerville

Perhaps the smart thing to do next time you plan to get some fried chickens from KFC is to bring your own water, if you don’t fancy soft drinks. But if you really can’t, it’s always better and healthier to consume carbonated drinks than KFC’s ice water tainted with faeces. Or avoid KFC entirely and go to other fast-food chains for fried chicken.


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