High levels of poo found in KFC drink

KFC have launched a probe, after "high levels" of poo were found in one of their drinks by an undercover researcher.

An undercover researcher from BBC's Rip Off Britain purchased a drink from the KFC in Martineau Place, Birmingham, and had the drink analysed by scientists as part of a piece on food hygiene at UK takeaway shops.

When scientists analysed the sample, they found "high levels" of faecal bacteria in the drink, enough poo, in fact, to make customers ill.

"Faecal coliform"

Experts from the show warned customers that whilst most samples displayed low, harmless levels of bacteria, the amount of bacteria found in KFC's drink could be harmful to customers.

"We found high levels of bacteria in the ice." Dr Margarita Gomez Escalada, who examined the sample, 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."

KFC have not confirmed whether faecal matter is part of their famous secret blend of herbs and spices.

Deep clean

Rip Off Britain said that the Martineau Place KFC closed down temporarily after getting a zero hygiene rating, just weeks before the sample was taken. Exactly the rating you'd expect for a restaurant that serves high levels of faecal matter in their Coke.

However, co-host Angela Rippon said that they had improved since the faecal matter was discovered.

"When we reported this to KFC they were horrified. They literally leapt to action and they got the Food Standards Agency back."

"This particular place now has a rating of five out five, so they're pretty good."

The presenter said the investigation highlighted the importance of hygiene ratings labels, which UK restaurants are not legally obliged to display.

KFC said it was undertaking "a retraining programme with all team members on our standards for touch point cleaning and procedures".

They added that they take "food safety and hygiene extremely seriously".

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