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The Secret Ingredient on McDonald’s Self-Service Screens

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by Julie Fidler, Natural Society

Have you ever used a touchscreen at McDonald’s to order your food? You’re reading an article on Natural Society, so of course not! But if you have, this bit of news may interest you. That touchscreen you ordered from probably has some poop on it, at least according to a recent investigation by MetroEvery single self-service kiosk the news outlet tested was found to be contaminated with some feces.

Perhaps you should start carrying some alcohol hand-sanitizer, eh?

The news site asked researchers at London Metropolitan University to test the touchscreens at 8 McDonald’s restaurants around the U.K., including 6 in London and 2 in Birmingham. Yeah, the tests were done in London, but that doesn’t take away from the possibility touchscreens are equally contaminated here in the U.S.

  • Each kiosk screen contained coliforms, the bacteria found in feces.
  • One screen was found to contain staphylococcus, a bacteria that can cause blood poisoning and toxic shock syndrome (TSS).
  • The same screen containing staphylococcus also harbored Listeria bacteria, which can cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.

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