Believe it or not, there’s fecal matter in places you’d least expect to find, from under your fingernails to some Coca Cola cans. Now, BBC reports there’s fecal matter found in the drinks in a few popular UK coffee chain stores.
More exactly, the ice put in Frappuccinos and other similar things often contains fecal bacteria.
The BBC’s Watchdog investigated samples of iced drinks from Costa Coffee, Caffe Nero, and Starbucks in the UK. The analysis showed the drinks contain “concerning” levels of fecal microbes.
Specifically, 3 out of 10 Starbucks and Caffe Nero iced drinks contained a significant amount of bacteria. When it comes to the ice used in Costa Coffee, 7 out of 10 samples are contaminated with fecal bacteria.
We all know that no iced or any other drink should contain poop-based microbes. However, the latest report shows the opposite. The frequency in which fecal bacteria appears in iced drinks is just shocking.
Right now, researchers don’t know how they even get to the ice supply.
Failure in the Treatment System
The fecal bacteria found in the ice of these drinks is called fecal coliforms. It’s found in the intestines of different animals, but when a human ingests too much of it, it can cause stomach upset, gastroenteritis, and other serious problems.
Their presence in water supplies signifies a failure in the treatment system. Somehow, human waste has found its way to presumably drinking water.
Even though BBC will continue their investigation, the three coffee chains reported that they will also begin their own examination of the matter.
Nevertheless, the bacteria is probably present in low levels as there are no reports of a mass outbreak of stomach-related problems in the UK. Still, this is clearly a large breach in the UK’s health and safety.
We hope the companies will soon fix the problem so you can go back to these coffee chain stores and enjoy your favorite iced drink without worrying about ingesting poo-borne organisms.