OK – this is gross! Geez Louise!! Another reason to lay off the fast food.
Girl’s Science Project May Make You Rethink That Drink Order
Benito Middle School student Jasmine Roberts examined the amount of bacteria in ice served at fast food restaurants.
Her project won the science fair at the New Tampa school, and she hopes to win a top prize at the Hillsborough County Regional Science and Engineering Fair, which starts Tuesday.
The 12-year-old compared the ice used in the drinks with the water from toilet bowls in the same restaurants. Jasmine said she found the results startling.
“I thought there might be a little bacteria in the ice, but I never expected it to be this much,” she said. “And I never thought the toilet water would be cleaner.”
Her discovery: Seventy percent of the time, the ice had more bacteria than the toilet water.
Of the bacteria found in the ice, three out of the five restaurants tested positive for fecal coliform or E. coli, organisms that come from the feces of warm-blooded animals.
The article goes on to interview local health officials about Jasmine’s results and their implications. We have to consider that yes, there are acceptable levels for certain types of bacteria but it’s zero-tolerance for E. coli. Just say no to that bad boy.
Source: Tampa Tribune