KFC ice cubes 12 times dirtier than toilet water

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China’s official broadcast media reported on bacteria-laden ice in fast food outlets.

From QUARTZ.com

‘The Chinese government’s official broadcast media says that ice cubes served in KFC were 12 times dirtier than toilet water—and 19 times the national bacteria level standard.

The report, which was based on samples the China Central Television (CCTV) reporter took in eastern Beijing, found that ice cubes at Chinese fast food chain Kung Fu also out-germed toilet water. While McDonald’s ice cubes also exceeded the national bacteria level standard, though they were still cleaner than toilet water.

A food safety expert interviewed in the initial segment—CCTV has since aired many more—said the bacteria could cause dysentery and diarrhea (link in Chinese). After the initial CCTV report aired on Sunday, discussion of the issue went, er, viral on Sina Weibo. Since then, KFC, McDonald’s and Kung Fu have all apologized and vowed to clean their ice machines. Here’s a look at some of the footage from the CCTV report .

Bacteria-infested fast food restaurant ice machines are common outside China, too. Last year, a report on a slew of fast food outlets in the UK proved similarly shocking to the public, and prompted a government-accredited laboratory to name them a “hygiene risk.” None of those samples contained bacteria that were actually harmful to human health.’

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