In a test on random samplings of U.K. McDonald’s touch screens a new study finds Fecal Bacteria on every screen tested.
The findings were published by the The Metro in an article titled “Poo Found on Every McDonald’s Touchscreen Tested.”
According to the article, Six different England locations, six in London and two in Birmingham were tested by swabbing the new self-order machines.
The results alarmed Senior Lecturer in Microbiology at London Metropolitan University Dr. Paul Matawele, who told the Metro: “We were all surprised how much gut and [fecal] bacteria there was on the touchscreen machines. These cause the kind of infections that people pick up in hospitals.”
The test found staphylococcus bacteria. The Professor called the bacteria “so contagious.” He was also concerned about the listeria, klebsiella, and proteus strains found.
“Our self-order screens are cleaned frequently throughout the day. All of our restaurants also provide facilities for customers to wash their hands before eating,” a McDonald’s rep told the paper after they were contacted in regards to the study.