Better think twice if you’re planning to have it at Starbucks, Caffe Nero, or Costa. Traces of fecal bacteria have been found in their iced drinks which may originate in the ice cubes. Seven out of 10 samples of ice used in Costa Coffee drinks were contaminated with bacteria from human poo, while three out of 10 samples from both Starbucks and Caffe Nero also tested positive for the bacteria, according to a report from the BBC’s consumer series Watchdog.
Newsweek (h/t Mike F) The researchers also tested cleanliness of tables, trays and high chairs at 30 branches of each chain.
“The level of contamination of fecal bacteria concerns me a great deal. The bacteria are opportunistic pathogens—the source of human disease. These should not be present at any level, never mind the significant numbers found,” Tony Lewis, a spokesman for the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, according to The Telegraph. Lewis warned that such “opportunistic pathogens”are the cause of “human disease.”
Fecal coliforms are bacteria that form in the intestines of warm-blooded animals and are capable of growing in the harsh, acidic conditions of the digestive tract. An example of a fecal coliform is Escherichia coli (E. coli), some variations of which can cause serious food poisoning. There is no indication that the ice used by the coffee chains contains E. coli.
All three coffee chains said they had taken action in light of the report.
Starbucks said it was conducting an internal investigation and that it took hygiene “extremely seriously.” “All employees nationwide have received updated training on our high standards of hygiene including ice handling,” said a Starbucks spokesman.
A Caffe Nero spokesman said that a “thorough investigation” was underway and that 99 percent of its stores were rated very good, good or satisfactory by environmental health inspectors, “making us one of the most highly rated businesses on the high street.”
A Costa spokesperson said they had taken “immediate action to update our ice handling procedures.” “We were disappointed with the findings, especially as these stores are all rated very good with the top hygiene rating of five,” the spokesperson added.
The Guardian “This time we have tested 10 coffee shops of the three different chains, so we tested more places,” said Margarita Gomez Escalada, a microbiologist and senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett University who carried out the analysis for both BBC programmes.
Gomez Escalada said that it was most likely that ice was contaminated by being touched by unclean hands, but added that ice machines and ice buckets might have compounded the issue if they were not properly cleaned.
“The levels allowed by law of bacteria in tap water are super low, so we would find say maybe 10 microorganisms per millilitre – but we found hundreds per millilitre,” she added.
“The fact that we have found so many bacteria, it just increases the risk [of getting sick],” she said. “Some of the bacteria we identified were actually what we call opportunistic pathogens, which are bacteria that to healthy people do not often cause disease, but they cause disease to people [whose] immunity is reduced.”
Gomez Escalada admitted that other pathogens might also have been present in the samples, but would not have been picked up in the analysis.
Not mentioned in most of these reports is the connection between the fecal matter and multiculturalism – where Muslim migrants, who don’t use soap after going to the toilet, often work in chains like these. Check out Islamic Toilet Etiquette here: My Religion is Islam
RT The news follows a similar scandal earlier this year in which human waste was detected inside Coca-Cola cans arriving in Northern Ireland from Germany.The contamination was traced to the Lisburn Coca-Cola plant and is thought to have been caused by Muslim illegal aliens who were hiding inside the vehicles transporting the empty cans and using them as toilets.
The cans arrive without tops at the Lisburn plant, where they are filled with the fizzy drink. Luckily, the products were not issued for sale.
The Guardian It is not the first food outlet to be shown to have high levels of such bacteria in its ice: last year the BBC programme ‘Rip Off Britain’ found high levels of fecal bacteria in ice from a KFC halal-certified restaurant in Birmingham (a very high Muslim migrant area), prompting the chain to launch an investigation.
Fast food chain KFC launched an investigation after ice containing bacteria from feces was served in a Birmingham city centre branch. The discovery was made at the company’s Martineau Place restaurant by researchers from BBC One’s Rip Off Britain show.
But that’s not all: (h/t Fellowship of the Minds)
In Italy, after pooping in an alley, a Muslim man washed his anus at a public drinking fountain.
Bosses at Strathclyde University’s state-of-the-art Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) had to send a memo ordering scholars to stop pooing in bins and showers. About 400 students and 250 staff at the £89million science hub have had a ticking off over disgusting toilet habits.
Chiefs believe the centre’s multicultural population may have caused the problem, which has left the building’s cleaning staff kicking up a stink. “While I appreciate that the TIC population is multi-cultural and different countries have different practices, here in the UK the accepted practice is to use only the WC.”
The largest numbers of these (Muslim) people are in India (626 million), followed by Indonesia (63million), Pakistan (40million) and Ethiopia (38million).