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article imageIce cubes in Beijing KFC have more bacteria than toilet water

By Valerie Benguiat     Jul 23, 2013 in World
Beijing - A report released last Saturday showed that a branch of KFC in Beijing has been serving ice cubes with 13 times more bacteria than toilet water.
China’s national television (CCTV) conducted tests on the ice cubes served at Beijing locations of fast-food chains including KFC, McDonald's and the Chinese chain Kungfu.
According to NY Daily News, none of the chains were up to national standards for drinking water, with KFC being the worst of them: with 900 colony-forming units of bacteria per milliliter, which is well above the national limit of 100 CFU.
Specifically, the KFC branch at Chongwenmen had 13 times more bacteria than toilet water. McDonald’s tested cleaner than toilet water, but still above the national limit with 120 CFU.
The ice cubes at the Chinese chain Kungfu six times more bacteria than toilet water. According to Ding Ke, an associate professor of food science and engineering of the Beijing University of Agriculture: The high level of bacteria means a greater chance of catching pathogens that cause dysentery and diarrhea.
Representatives from KFC, McDonald’s and Kungfu issued an apology, and a commitment to prevent dirty ice machines, to improve sterilization procedures and take measures to improve food security standards.
Yum Brands, owner of KFC, said it would release water tests from its chains in China, including its other brands, Little Sheep hotpot, East Dawning and Pizza Hut.
Yum Brands is still recovering from last year’s blow, when a media report exposed the use of illegal drugs to quicken poultry growth.
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