After a television show in Europe has exposed an alarming contaminants of a famous coffee shop, a thorough investigation has been undergone.
Following the intensive scrutiny, researchers has discovered an alarming amounts of fecal bacteria inside Starbucks iced coffee.
It can be remembered that the revelations were unearthed by BBC’s Watchdog team, analyzing beverages from a variety of popular coffee breweries.
Of all the companies investigated by the BBC show, Starbucks, Costa Coffee, and Caffe Nero were found to have “varying levels of the bacteria.”
The Watchdog team found out that Costa iced coffee contained the highest rates of contamination, with 7 out of 10 samples containing fecal bacteria.
Meanwhile, 3 out of 10 tested samples of Starbucks and Caffe Nero were contaminated.
Addressing the issue and investigation, a spokesperson for Costa Coffee released the following statement:
“It is extremely important to us that all our stores operate to high standards of hygiene at all times, and we take it very seriously when any store fails to meet these standards.
“We adopt industry standard cleaning processes across all our stores, in line with the Food Standard Agency’s advice. Following these results we have taken immediate action to update our ice handling procedures.”
However, the contamination might be too little too late given that the levels of bacteria are considered “concerning” by the head of policy at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Tony Lewis.
Lewis believe that the contamination could be a “source of human disease.”
Apparently, the problem seems to involve the handling and production of the ice.
But, there is a surprising information that, though, the existence of fecal bacteria in places you’d expect to be sanitized is not uncommon.
One research study found that, in some instances, half of all coffee cups at your workplace can contain fecal bacteria.
On airplanes, the ice served to passengers is often handled with poor hygiene, as revealed by an earlier report from MarketWatch.
“The ice is put in a tray with a scoop, and the trays don’t get cleaned very often,” revealed a flight attendant,
“Every surface on the plane is touched by hundreds of people daily and not often disinfected. We don’t have the opportunity to wash our hands at all during the beverage service.”
As of now, Starbucks and Caffe Nero have not yet released a public statement on the matter.