Science Project Finds Ice from Fast Food Restaurants Dirtier Than Toilet Water

by Rukmani Krishna on  March 25, 2013 at 12:39 AM Lifestyle News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment
A school science project by a 12-year-old found that ice from fast food restaurants is dirtier than toilet water.
 Science Project Finds Ice from Fast Food Restaurants Dirtier Than Toilet Water
Science Project Finds Ice from Fast Food Restaurants Dirtier Than Toilet Water

Jasmine Roberts collected ice samples from five restaurants in South Florida for her award-winning project-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, ABC News reported.

"These [bacteria] don't belong there. It's not cause for panic, although it is alarming because what she found is nothing new. You're not more likely to get sick now. But she's done us a favor by sounding the alarm," Dr. David Katz, medical contributor to 'Good Morning America' said.

Both Roberts and Katz said that the ice is likely dirtier because machines aren't cleaned and people use unwashed hands to scoop ice.

Toilet water is also surprisingly bacteria-free, because it comes from sanitized city water supplies.

Roberts got interested in the project after reading a newspaper article about bacteria in airplane water and decided to do something similar. Plus, she said, all of her friends chew on ice, and it drives her crazy.

Source: ANI

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions
worldtruth400 Monday, June 10, 2013

Ice from Fast Food Restaurants Dirtier Than Toilet Water.... The reason that the bacteria was more prevalent in the ice could be that while toilets are cleaned regularly, ice machines are not. Restaurant ice dirty dirty dirty......

Related Links

More News on:

Processed Foods Why Do We Eat - Nutrition Facts Diet Lifestyle and Heart Disease Lifestyle Modification: No Big Deal! Hunger Fullness and Weight Control Label Lingo on Food Items: Decoded Nutri Bar - A Healthy Snack or Sham? Top Diet Foods that Make you Fat Top Food for Dieters Selenium - Natural Source Better than Supplements 

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

Facebook

News Category

News Archive