22 February 2006

These bacteria don't belong there

Fast-Food Ice Dirtier Than Toilet Water
Jasmine Roberts never expected her award-winning middle school science project to get so much attention. But the project produced some disturbing results: 70 percent of the time, ice from fast food restaurants was dirtier than toilet water.

The 12-year-old collected ice samples from five restaurants in South Florida — from both self-serve machines inside the restaurant and from drive-thru windows. She then collected toilet water samples from the same restaurants and tested all of them for bacteria at the University of South Florida.

In several cases, the ice tested positive for E. coli bacteria, which comes from human waste and has been linked to several illness outbreaks across the country.



When I worked as Shift Manager at Taco Hell, I made sure the ice-bin was rinsed out and cleaned at least once a week. More if it was slow.
It's sad that fast food has degenerated from an emphasis on Cleanliness, Hospitality, and Service to simply money, money, money; not to mention a young generation of schmucks with no work ethic and pride.

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