The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) inspected 74 ice cream shops, fast food franchises, coffee houses and bakeries. Among the shops selling ice cream and ice, 18 shops sold products that contained more than the permitted levels of bacteria such as colon bacillus and staphylococcus aureus that can cause food poisoning.
A franchise in Gangnam-gu was found to have ice cream containing 220 colony forming units (cfu) per milliliter of colon bacillus, 22 times more than the level permitted.
As to ice, used mostly in ice coffee, 14 locations among 44 fast food franchises and coffee shops were found to be using contaminated ice.
The city government also inspected ``patbingsu,'' or shaved ice topped with fruits and red beans, at 24 bakeries and fast food chains. Among those, nine were found to be using bacteria-contaminated shaved ice. In these cases, SMG applied the same standards as for ice cream as it does not have separate standards for shaved ice.
In Korean here. You'll remember in May we learned about more unsafe ice being used at coffee and fastfood shops around the country. A Dunkin Donuts in Yeosu and a Tom n' Toms in Gwangju were among the offenders. I'm not sure the body conducting these recent tests, nor have I found a list of the stores in question.