Monday, July 31st, 2017

‘Faecal’ Bacteria found in Ice from Starbucks, Costa and Caffe Nero

Health & Food

Faecal Bacteria found in Ice from Starbucks, Costa and Caffe Nero

According to BBC One’s consumer series Watchdog, Faecal bacteria has been found in the major coffee chains Starbucks, Costa and Caffe Nero. The investigation was carried out by checking samples from drinks at these big firms.

The lab results showed that the ice contains Faecal Coliforms, which contains disease causing pathogens was found in 7/10 ice samples in Costa, 3/10 in Caffe Nero and 3/10 in Starbucks.

Tony Lewis, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health told the program that, “The level of contamination of faecal bacteria concerns me a great deal. The bacteria found are opportunistic pathogens – the source of human disease. These should not be present at any level – never mind the significant numbers found.”

A Starbucks spokesman said it takes hygiene ‘extremely seriously’ and ‘nothing is more important’ than customer safety. “We have moved quickly to conduct our own investigation into the claims about the stores. All employees nationwide have received updated training on our high standards of hygiene including ice handling,” he added.

Costa said “We were disappointed with the findings, especially as these stores are all rated ‘very good’ with a top hygiene rating of five. Following these results we took immediate action to review our food safety procedures and have updated our ice-handling guidelines and are in the process of introducing new ice equipment storage across our estate.”

Caffe Nero said, “A thorough investigation is now under way and the appropriate action will be taken. Ninety nine per cent of our stores are rated as very good, good or satisfactory by their local EHO (environmental health officer) – making us one of the most highly rated businesses on the high street.


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