A new investigation has discovered alarming amounts of fecal bacteria inside Starbucks iced coffee.

The revelations were unearthed by BBC’s Watchdog team, analyzing beverages from a variety of popular coffee breweries.

Of the companies investigated, Starbucks, Costa Coffee, and Caffe Nero were found to have “varying levels of the bacteria.”

Costa iced coffee contained the highest rates of contamination, with 7 out of 10 samples containing fecal bacteria

3 out of 10 tested samples of Starbucks and Caffe Nero were contaminated.

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, it 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, who added that the contamination could be a “source of human disease.”

Apparently, the problem seems to involve the handling and production of the ice.

Surprisingly, though, the existence of fecal bacteria in places you’d expect to be sanitized is not uncommon.

One 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.”

Although Starbucks and Caffe Nero have not yet released a public statement on the matter, the BBC confirms they are looking into it.

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Sources:
MarketWatch [1,2,3]

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A new investigation has discovered alarming amounts of fecal bacteria inside Starbucks iced coffee. The revelations were unearthed by BBC’s Watchdog team, analyzing beverages from a variety of popular coffee breweries. Of the companies investigated, Starbucks, Costa Coffee, and Caffe Nero were found to have “varying levels of the bacteria.” Costa iced coffee contained...