It may be time to start looking for a new place to get your daily dose of closer juice, or start making your own, because a recent investigation performed by BBC has found that samples of iced beverages from three of the UK’s biggest coffee chains contained bacteria from feces.
BBC’s consumer affairs “Watchdog” (Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. BST on BBC) program sampled iced drinks from Starbucks, Costa Coffee, and Caffe Nero, and all three samples contained varying levels of the bacteria found in feces. On top of ice samples, 10 samples from each of the chains branches were taken from surfaces at the establishment (tables, high chairs, and trays). 7 out of 10 samples from Costa Coffee were contaminated with the bacteria and 3 out 10 samples for both Caffe Nero and Starbucks were found to test positive for “fecal coliforms” (a bacteria that originates in the intestines of warm-blooded animals.)
Tony Lewis of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health stated that the levels found were “concerning”, adding that “These should not be present at any level – never mind the significant numbers found.” Uhhhh, no shit.
Starbucks and Caffee Nero have told BBC they are conducting their own internal investigations into these claims. Costa has stated that they have “updated its ice-handling guidelines” and “introducing new ice storage equipment.”
Personally, this news only reinforces my firm belief that Starbucks is garbage. As a New Englander, it is Dunkin Donuts or die. Regardless of my loyalty to Dunks, food product actually containing fecal bacteria is downright unacceptable and would definitely warrant switching brands. If rule number 1 is the customer is always right, then rule number 2 is to keep #2 out of the edible product you are selling. I’m sure this news is shocking and will hit very close to home for our PGP community. I caution you, DCO nation, be conscious consumers. Next time you get in line for a venti CB at your favorite Starbs, just think, you could be overpaying for a tall cup of shit..
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