Read This and You Will Never Eat Ice from Restaurants Again!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by JLH, Feb 15, 2006.

  1. JLH

    JLH New Member

    Read This and You'll Never Eat Ice from Restaurants Again

    Out of the mouths of babes comes this news. Budding scientist, 12-year-old Jasmine Roberts from Benito Middle School in Tampa, Fla., has created a science project that has lots of grown-ups sitting up and taking notice. Her conclusion: Ice at fast food restaurants is laced with bacteria. Lots of it.

    Tampa Bay Online reports that Roberts examined the amount of bacteria in the ice served at fast food restaurants and the amount of bacteria in the toilet bowl water in those same restaurants. The toilet bowl water was cleaner 70 percent of the time. Even Roberts found the results to be startling. She told Tampa Bay Online reporter Michele Sager, "I thought there might be a little bacteria in the ice, but I never expected it to be this much. And I never thought the toilet water would be cleaner."

    THE STUDY:
    Roberts collected ice samples from five fast food restaurants near the University of South Florida, including from self-service dispensers inside the restaurants and from drinks served through the drive-through windows. Then she collected samples of water from the toilets in those restaurants. All the samples were placed in sterile containers. She then tested them in a lab at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, where she volunteers with a USF professor.

    THE RESULTS:
    In four of the five restaurants, the ice that came from the self-serve machines had more bacteria than the toilet water, reports Tampa Bay Online. Three of the five cups of ice from the drive-through windows had more bacteria than the toilet water. The bacteria in the ice included fecal coliform or E. coli, which can only come from the feces of warm-blooded animals.

    How did the bacteria get into the ice? Roberts suspects either the machine was not properly cleaned or an employee with soiled hands touched the ice.

    Geoff Luebkemann, the Florida state official whose agency is responsible for regulating hotels and restaurants, told Tampa Bay Online, "Ice machines are part of the health inspections. There are a lot of factors that have to be considered, like how accurately did she gather and test her specimens. Plus, comparing the ice to toilet water can be misleading because there are acceptable levels of bacteria for water." Not so says Galina Tuninskaya, vice president of Applied Consumer Services, a private lab that tests drinking water. "No levels of fecal coliform or E. coli are acceptable," she told Tampa Bay Online. "If you find that, you've got a problem."

    In case you wondered, Roberts won the science fair.

  2. mdjaj2231

    mdjaj2231 New Member

    yecch! Thanks!
  3. kch64

    kch64 New Member


    Makes me never want to eat at a restaurant again.

    Thanks for the info.

    Kendra
  4. lilbird

    lilbird New Member

    Thats all i can say
  5. karebear70

    karebear70 New Member

    I worked a chinese resturant and when i first started they had a little sink in the kitchen that they just dumped ice in so when you needed it you just scooped it up. after i had emptied it on a busy lunch day i noticed the bottom of the sink was crusted and coated with the most disgusting crap! I scoured it out myself befror i put in more ice. i wonder how long customers were getting ice from that nasty sink. i was coated with i don't know what...
    that the risk you take when you go out to eat
    karen
  6. JLH

    JLH New Member

    You are correct ... you DO take risks when you eat out!

    I know first-hand because my husband used to the the Food Inspector for the county. He inspected all the restaurants, their kitchens, equipment, etc. -- that is why he will not go out to eat to this day!

    My daughter took me to Wal-Mart today to get groceries. They have a McDonald's inside and this is where we always take a break mid-way and have lunch. I ALWAYS get a bottled water with my lunch, but she got a soft drink on ice and all I could think about while I watched her drink that drink was this article!!!!! :(

    The kid who waited on my first gave me a cup for me to get my "ice and water" in and I had to quickly remind him that I wanted a bottle of water!!!

    Janet
  7. ilovecats94

    ilovecats94 New Member

    Now I know why when we do go out (rarely anymore) my son will order a diet coke with no ice. lol He says you get more to drink without the ice. Little does he know it is probably better for him.

    I drink bottled water up here, but downstairs we have a filter on the refrigerator and get ice and water from that. I have gotten to the point I can't even drink our tap water anymore.

    Michael gives the cat tap water as he says she won't drink the water from the refrigerator. Oh well...

    Hugs,
    Faye