In what will come across as a really shocking development, traces of poo have been found inside popular coffee drinks.
Traces of poo has been found in Costa, Starbucks and Caffe Nero drinks
Drinks from three of the UK’s most popular coffee chains have been found to have poo in them, Daily Star UK reports.
The investigation, led by BBC One’s Watchdog, was carried out in Costa, Starbucks and Caffe Nero, and discovered samples from iced drinks were contaminated with bacteria.
Faecal coliforms, which contain disease-causing pathogens, were present in 7/10 ice samples in Costa, 3/10 in Caffe Nero and 3/10 in Starbucks, the BBC said.
Tony Lewis, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, told the programme: “The level of contamination of faecal bacteria concerns me a great deal.
“The bacteria found are opportunistic pathogens – the sours of human disease.
“These should not be present at any level – never mind the significant numbers found.”
The branches were tested in Salford, Greater Manchester, as part of the look into cleanliness in coffee chains.
A Costa spokesman said: “We were disappointed with the findings, especially as these stores are all rated ‘very good’ with a top hygiene rating of five.
“Following these results we took immediate action to review our food safety procedures and have updated our ice-handling guidelines and are in the process of introducing new ice equipment storage across our estate.”
A spokesman for Caffe Nero described the findings as concerning and added: “A thorough investigation is now under way and the appropriate action will be taken.
“99% of our stores are rated as very good, good, or satisfactory by their local EHO (environmental health officer) – making us one of the most highly rated businesses on the high street.”
Starbucks said it was now conducting its own investigation into the claims.
A spokesman said the chain took hygiene “extremely seriously”.
The Watchdog programme will air on BBC One on Wednesday at 20:00.