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We’ve Probably Been Drinking Literal Poop From McDonald’s Ice

Brace yourselves, as this news is pretty cringeworthy, and definitely not something you want to hear if you’ve ever eaten fast food.

Researchers at BBC Watchdog recently found poop particles in the ice at multiple McDonald’s, KFC, and Burger King locations in the UK.

Yes, the report came from the UK, and you’re probably thinking you have nothing to worry about if you’re not from there, but it’s not that easy.

After reading the BBC report, I searched for other fast food poop instances, and there have been way too many over the years.

In 2010, CNN posted a report where researchers found bacteria in 70 percent of the 90 beverages they studied in Virginia. About 11 percent of those test samples had E. coli, and while it won’t kill you, it’s still not up to EPA standards.

Even research from a 12-year-old student in Florida found that ice from five different restaurants had more bacteria than the toilets within the same eatery. She collected drink samples from both self-serve and drive-thru at different restaurants, then actually went out to get samples from their restrooms.

BBC cracked down on Starbucks’ ice a few weeks ago, for the same reason, and when we posted about it on Foodbeast, some of our readers who worked fast food were not surprised.

Like the Starbucks report, the BBC research team collected 10 random samples from each restaurant and found coliforms in 30 percent of McDonald’s restaurants, 60 percent of Burger King’s restaurants, and 70 percent of KFC’s.

I, as well as many have found McDonald’s to have the best tasting Coca-Cola, anywhere. Hopefully it isn’t because of this less-than-ideal ingredient.

By Isai Rocha

Isai is the self-proclaimed Kanye West of burrito eating. He has a hard time trusting vegans, ranch dressing and especially vegan ranch dressing.