KFC in Bangor have served a Bangor University student with a raw chicken burger. Molly, purchased the raw ‘Double Down Burger’ from the High Street food outlet on Tuesday.
The ‘Double Down’ burger, which has only been available in the UK since 9th October, consists of bacon, melted Monterey Jack cheese and barbecue sauce sandwiched between two breaded chicken fillets to make the sandwich rather than bread. The burger, which is reportedly KFC’s ‘most successful’ burger ever, has been available in the USA since 2010 but has only now arrived in the UK and is only available until 19th November.
Molly said: “I went in yesterday but it was so popular that they had ran out of fillets. I tried again today and it was so busy, I waited in line for at least 10 minutes, then I ordered my food and was waiting even longer. I took my food home and I ate the thinner part first, I was wondering if it was a bit pink so I start pulling it apart and lo and behold, its raw!”
Raw and uncooked chicken can carry a number of harmful bacteria including E. coli, Salmonella and Campylobacter. The bacteria can survive in chicken that is not cooked to 165 degrees Fahrenheit (74 degrees Celsius), symptoms of illness can appear within a few hours to a few days (with Campylobacter) the symptoms can include stomach cramps, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, fever, headache, nausea and vomiting.
Molly took her uncooked burger back to the store and received a refund, she has also complained to KFC customer services, but hasn’t heard back yet.
Although Molly hasn’t been ill, she is worried, Molly said: “I am nervous about being ill, it’s only been a few hours and I feel sick.”
Bangor KFC has a Food Hygiene rating of 5 and was last assessed in September 2015, however, the reviews on Trip Advisor are less than complimentary, with only 4% rating the store as Excellent and 13% as very good, 20% said it was poor and 35% of the reviews said the store was terrible..