Fecal Bacteria Found In Almost Half Of All Soda Fountains
January 7, 2010
U.S. (ChattahBox) – Next time you decide to get a burger and fries you might want to skip the drink. A study found that nearly half of all fountain machines in fast food joints have a bacteria most commonly found in fecal matter.
A blogger at grist.org published the results of a study done by a team of microbiologists from Hollins University.
According to the study, 48% of all tested fountains across the country contained coliform, a form of bacteria that is usually found in fecal matter.
Most of it was antibiotic resistant.
According to their findings:
“Coliform bacteria was detected in 48% of the beverages and 20% had a heterotrophic plate count greater than 500 cfu/ml. [...] More than 11% of the beverages analyzed contained Escherichia coli [E. Coli] and over 17% contained Chryseobacterium meningosepticum. Other opportunistic pathogenic microorganisms isolated from the beverages included species of Klebsiella, Staphylococcus, Stenotrophomonas, Candida, and Serratia. Most of the identified bacteria showed resistance to one or more of the 11 antibiotics tested.”