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'Feces' Bacteria Found in Fast Food Soda Fountains

sign up for the momlogic newsletter Tweet This A new report may have you thinking twice before drinking a fountain soda at a fast food restaurant.

A team of microbiologists from Hollins University tested 90 beverages from 30 fast food soda fountains and found that nearly half contained coliform bacteria, according to Tom Laskawy, a media and technology professional and blogger for

Coliform is typically fecal in origin.

The team also found that most of the bacteria was resistant to antibiotics.

The microbiologists published their findings in the International Journal of Food Microbiology.

An excerpt from the report states, "...Coliform bacteria was detected in 48% of the beverages and 20% had a heterotrophic plate count greater than 500 cfu/ml. [...] More than 11% of the beverages analyzed contained Escherichia coli [E. Coli] and over 17% contained Chryseobacterium meningosepticum. Other opportunistic pathogenic microorganisms isolated from the beverages included species of Klebsiella, Staphylococcus, Stenotrophomonas, Candida, and Serratia. Most of the identified bacteria showed resistance to one or more of the 11 antibiotics tested."

There has been only one recorded outbreak linked to soda fountains, and that was 10 years ago, according to Laskawy.

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