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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Bacteria Linked To Feces Found In Nearly Half Of Fast Food Soda Fountains

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/06/fecal-bacteria-found-in-n_n_413733.html



You're so gonna love this.

What you really didn't want to know: "...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."

Lovely.

It could happen to you: "Laskawy notes that only one recorded outbreak linked to a soda fountain has occurred, and that was ten years ago. But on a smaller scale, these bacteria could cause sickness on an individual level that can go unreported."

Ready to start that Taco Bell diet?

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