OK, there’s no easy way of saying this. The your high street iced coffee may well contain faecal bacteria. In other words, YOU COULD BE DRINKING POO.
A BBC Watchdog investigation tested samples of ice drinks from Costa Coffee, Starbucks and Caffe Nero and found varying levels of the disturbing bacteria contained in all three.
Tony Lewis, an expert from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, said the findings ere “concerning”.
“These should not be present at any level – never mind the significant numbers found.”
He added that the bacteria found were “opportunistic pathogens – the source of human disease.”
Seven out of 10 of samples of Costa ice were contaminated with faecal bacteria, while three out of 10 samples from Starbucks and Caffe Nero were contaminated.
All three chains have now taken action to ebb the flow of faecal bacteria making its way into drinks.
Starbucks has started it’s own investigation, Costa have updated its ice-handling guidelines (presumably to include handlers wearing gloves and washing their hands after they’ve been to the toilet) and Caffe Nero said it would take “appropriate action”.
If you can stomach it, the Watchdog programme will be on BBC One tonight at 20.00.
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