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Soda Fountain Machines Contain Fecal Bacteria

Going to your favorite fast food restaurant and thinking about ordering a soft drink to go with it? You may want to think again if that drink comes from a soda fountain machine.

According to a new study published in the January issue of International Journal of Food Microbiology and covered on CNN, nearly half of 90 beverages from soda fountain machines in one area in Virginia tested positive for coliform bacteria. For those of you not familiar with the term, coliform bacteria are usually abundant in feces.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s drinking-water regulations require that all samples test negative for E.coli. As mentioned in the article, it’s too early to draw conclusions about machines in other places, but the finding itself makes you think…

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A soda fountain machine. Should you stay clear? Photo by CMBJ.

What’s your take? Would you start hesitating before ordering a drink from now on, or is this all another health scare? Share your thoughts in the comments.

     Soda fountains contained fecal bacteria, study found [CNN]

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