Several Starbucks iced drinks test positive for fecal bacteria in the U.K.
Several coffee shops in the United Kingdom, including Starbucks, contained a “concerning” amount of fecal bacteria, a new report says.
A type of bacteria known as fecal coliforms was found in iced drinks from Starbucks, Costa Coffee and Caffe Nero after BBC conducted a cleanliness investigation of the three chains.
Fecal coliforms come from the feces of warm-blooded creatures including humans. The bacteria has the potential to cause harmless to very serious illnesses, according to the Washington State Department of Ecology.
After testing 10 iced drink samples, BBC reported that it found the bacteria in three of them. The investigation was part of a TV program that is set to air Wednesday in Britain.
At Caffe Nero, three out of 10 of the tested drinks also had the bacteria; while seven out of 10 of Costa Coffee’s samples contained the bacteria.
Starbucks informed BBC that an investigation of their own would be under way soon.