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February 15, 2006

Student Finds Fast Food Ice Has More Bacteria Than Toilet Water

Topics: Health Issues

0212ice2.jpeg.jpgI missed this a couple of days ago, but Hyscience contributor Harry Owens thought readers would want to know about it, for sure:

(...) Benito Middle School student Jasmine Roberts examined the amount of bacteria in ice served at fast food restaurants.

(...) 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.

(...) Her discovery: Seventy percent of the time, the ice had more bacteria than the toilet water.

(...) She is a previous county winner, and her brother won a top prize last year for his project.

(...) For this project, Jasmine visited five fast food restaurants near the University of South Florida. She collected ice samples from self-service dispensers inside the restaurants, as well as ice from drinks served through drive-through windows. She also collected samples of toilet water from those restaurants.

(...) She placed the samples into sterile containers and tested them at a lab at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, where she volunteers with a USF professor.

(...) Jasmine found that in four of the five restaurants, the ice that came from the self-serve machines had more bacteria than the toilet water. Three of the five cups of ice from the drive-through windows had more bacteria than the toilet water.

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Hat tip - Harry Owens

Posted by Richard at February 15, 2006 8:27 PM



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