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Study Finds Restaurant Ice is Dirtier Than Toilet Water


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Please excuse us as we go toss our iced coffee; a new investigation from The Daily Mail has found that ice from McDonald's, Burger King, KFC, Starbucks, and more fast-food chains, tested in the U.K., was all more bacteria-ridden than toilet water.

The Mail reports that scientific tests found that all of the samples contained more bacteria than toilet water at the same place, but none of them presented an "immediate health danger."

Samples from McDonald's, KFC, and Nando's were suspected to be dirtied by things like a dirty ice machine, while Burger King responded to its results by saying it was probably an employee who didn't wash his or her hands.

Meanwhile, Starbucks reportedly had a "satisfactory" level of bacteria, scientists say, despite the amount being higher than bathroom water levels.

Of course, this isn't the first time people have discovered the scary bacteria in ice; Grub Street has rounded up every instance of ice-bacteria research, enough to make you swear off iced drinks forever.

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Who cares... There is bacteria in those drinks without ice. The important thing is what kind of bacteria it is. Is it salmonella, E. Coli or some lesser bacteria. As long as it doesn't cause food poisoning, I'd say who cares. There is bacteria everywhere so you can't avoid it.

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I work in the refrigeration industry and cleaning ice machines is a part pf the job. I'll tell you that it isn't done nearly enough in 99% pf the restaraunts because managers don't believe it's worth the money. They don't see the scum amd mold that grows inside the units. It's quite gross.

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