Fecal bacteria found at United Kingdom branches of McDonald's, KFC & Burger King

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Nothing better than an ice cold cola to cool down on a hot summer day right?

Last month we had the displeasure of informing you that the nation's favourite global coffee chains were found to have poo particles in their iced drinks.

They reported found the bacteria at "3/10 branches of McDonald's, 6/10 samples at Burger King and 7/10 samples at KFC".

The ice in the stores of all three large fast food chains reportedly had traces of fecal matter on their drinks.

Seven of 10 KFC drinks, six of 10 Burger King drinks and three of 10 McDonald's drinks were found to include the bacteria, which can carry diseases, according to CNBC.

In response to the reports, KFC has shut down its ice machines at the chains that tested positive and has inspected and cleaned ice machines in all of its other locations across the United Kingdom, a spokesperson for the company told Business Insider. "To reassure customers, we have also inspected and cleaned the ice machines in all other restaurants across the U.K".

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Representatives for the companies said they have strict ice-handling procedures and are seeking to ensure their standards are in place.

Burger King's response has also been widely circulated by media outlets: "Cleanliness and hygiene are a top priority for the Burger King brand".

A Burger King location.

"Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers and people and we will continue to review our procedures and training, working closely with our restaurant teams to ensure those procedures are adhered to at all times", the spokesperson added. The results were similar: fecal coliforms at all three chains.

"It is pleasing that Escherichia coli (E. coli), the bacterium that is the most accurate and reliable indicator of fecal contamination, was not found in any ice samples from McDonald's restaurants".

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