IN Beijing, the ice cubes used in many fast food shops contain too much bacteria, according to state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV).
Samples were collected from branches of KFC, McDonald’s and the Chinese brand Kungfu (Zhen Gongfu) at the same location in Chongwenmen (崇文門) in Beijing (北京). The test results found excessive levels of bacteria colonies in ice cubes served in their soft drinks.
According to the report, the amount of bacteria colonies found in the Kungfu restaurant was eight times higher than China’s national standard, and five times that in the toilet water. The situation in KFC is the most serious. The amount found in KFC was 19 times higher than China’s national standard, and 12 times dirtier than toilet water.
The bacterial level in McDonald’s also exceeded the national standard, although it was not as dirty as toilet water.
KFC apologised for the problem and promised they will clean the ice makers and other equipments.