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Contaminated Brand Recognition: Yes, many people do pay money to drink that crap.

2017/06/28

A BBC investigation found fecal bacteria in iced drinks from Starbucks and 2 other chains

It’s hard to match the refreshing taste of an iced coffee on a hot summer day — but a new BBC investigation may make you think twice before you order a chilled drink.

The BBC’s consumer-affairs “Watchdog” program found that samples of iced drinks from Starbucks and two other UK chains — Costa Coffee and Caffe Nero — contained “varying levels of the bacteria.”

Along with the ice, researchers also studied the cleanliness of tables, trays, and high chairs at 30 of the coffee-chain branches.

Costa Coffee was the worst offender, with seven out of 10 samples “found to be contaminated with bacteria found in feces.”

Starbucks and Caffe Nero also tested positive for “fecal coliforms” in three out of 10 samples.

Tony Lewis, the head of policy at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, said the levels found were “concerning.” He said the types of bacteria identified were “the source of human disease,” adding: “These should not be present at any level — never mind the significant numbers found.”

The BBC reported that all three chains, some of the biggest in the UK, said they had “taken action,” with Costa saying it had “updated its ice-handling guidelines” and was “introducing new ice equipment storage.”

Both Starbucks and Caffe Nero told the BBC they were conducting their own investigations into the claims. Starbucks said it took hygiene “extremely seriously.”

[Byline Alison Millington]

28 June 2017
Business Insider (edited)


See Also

Starbucks to employ 2,500 refugees in Europe as part of pledge to hire 10,000 worldwide

Starbucks will employ at least 2,500 refugees in eight European countries as part of a plan to hire 10,000 refugees in 75 countries worldwide by 2022.

The company will partner with the International Rescue Committee and local NGOs in France, the U.K., Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Germany and the Netherlands to implement the hiring plan over the next five years.

Additionally, at least 1,000 refugees will be hired in Starbucks coffee shops across Canada.

Starbucks’ hiring plan was “proving that businesses like ours can use its scale to make a positive impact in people’s lives,” Martin Brok, president of Starbucks Europe, Middle East and Africa, said in a statement.

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Populations in first world countries have been very successfully conditioned to believe that they are immune to the world’s problems. Most have convinced themselves that if they ignore dire issues for a long enough duration, the problems will magically go away. This highly delusional notion comes very close to being completely obliterated.

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