Britain’s biggest coffee houses are serving up cups of iced “frapPOOccino”, an investigation has revealed. For the shocking results of lab tests found levels of faecal bacteria in popular iced drinks at three upmarket chains – Starbucks, Costa and Caffe Nero. And according to the probe by BBC’s Watchdog, scientists said some levels were “off the scale”.
The results of tests will stun coffee fans splashing out on their favourite cooling iced drinks which are popular during the summer. Ice collected from the high street brands found poor levels of hygiene with seven out of ten samples from Costa drinks contaminated with bacteria found in faeces. Three out of ten samples tested from both Starbucks and Caffe Nero were also found to contain coliform bacteria which is a huge concern as the bugs can cause illness.
Unwashed hands are the most likely cause of dirty ice and Tony Lewis head of policy and education at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health said of the show’s findings: “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.”