A fecal coliform is a facultatively anaerobic, rod-shaped, gram-negative, non-sporulating bacterium. Coliform bacteria generally originate in the intestines of warm-blooded animals. Fecal coliforms are capable of growth in the presence of bile salts or similar surface agents, are oxidase negative, and produce acid and gas from lactose within 48 hours at 44 ± 0.5°C. The term “thermotolerant coliform” is more correct and is gaining acceptance over “fecal coliform.
Well, it looks like we have a problem this bacteria was found in some of the leading “food chains”
More than half the samples taken from major fast-food chains – KFC, Burger King and McDonald’s – were contaminated.
The figures come from a study commissioned by the BBC Watchdog program and follow earlier revelations about similar contamination of the ice served up by coffee shop chains.
The coliform bacteria, which is found in human and animal feces, was discovered in three out of 10 ice samples from McDonald’s, six out of 10 samples from Burger King, and seven out of 10 samples from KFC.
Four of the samples taken at Burger King and five at KFC were described as having ‘significant’ levels of contamination.
Tony Lewis, the Head of Policy and Education at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, described the findings as ‘extremely worrying’.
He said: ‘When we’re finding the sorts of numbers we’re finding here, you have to look at the people making the ice, handling the ice, which they then transfer into customers’ drinks.
‘And then you also have to look at hygiene failure with potentially the machines themselves: are they being kept clean?’
I am not surprised most the staff is young and you can bet they don’t care about washing their hands or anybody else. The management is at fault should be more checks and maybe gloves used at all times when handling food or anything that comes into contact.
Maybe we should start avoiding their drinks share this with someone you care about!
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