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.”



9 Responses to “Fecal Bacteria Found In Almost Half Of All Soda Fountains”

  1. Nancy on January 7th, 2010 3:35 pm

    That’s disgusting 🙁

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  3. W. Brennan on January 8th, 2010 9:00 am

    Fecal bacterial is also found on nearly all toothbrushes. It’s not as dangerous as it sounds. Consider how many billions of servings from soda fountains, and how many people are getting sick? The story is interesting, but I’m not skipping my diet coke because of it.

  4. Howxotk on January 8th, 2010 9:25 am

    Would a soda fountain description include McD’s, PaPaG’sthe (self serve) type commonly in use everywhere today?

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  6. Adrian on January 9th, 2010 7:07 pm

    This is the most disgusting thing i have heard in a while. I am never going to one of those soda fountains. Why don’t they clean these fountains?

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  8. Kate on January 14th, 2010 2:53 pm

    The fact that many of the bacteria are resistant implies that people are trying to clean these fountains. Don’t be too hard on the employees of these places, if anyone’s to blame, it’s usually customers who don’t wash their hands thoroughly after using the restroom.

    It still might be a good idea for places to disinfect the nozzles with an alcohol solution once a month or something, cleaning the surfaces is just never enough.

  9. Darryl Kavanagh on February 22nd, 2010 1:11 pm

    I am working with a company in Ireland called ellickson International and they have just developed a patented device that will sterilise soda fountains and soda dispense machines after every use. their tests have concluded that this system kills all bacteria found on soda nozzels it is the only process available world wide that willsolve this problem. The system is being launched at the bar and niteclub show in Vegas on the 8th of march.

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