Starbucks, Caffe Nero and Costa all had bacteria from FAECES found in their ICE | Food | Life & Style

Frappuccino fans might find themselves a little queasy after reading the news that faecal matter was found in the ice at major high street coffee chains.

An investigation headed up by a BBC Watchdog programme discovered a stomach-churning seven in 10 samples from chain Costa had faecal coliforms.

Three in 10 samples from both Caffe Nero and Starbucks had bacteria from faeces in them.

The tests were carried out in laboratories, which found them all to be contaminated to some degree.

What are faecal coliforms?

Faecal coliforms pose a risk of disease harbouring pathogens.

Some diseases that may coincide with faecal coliform contamination include dysentery, ear infections, typhoid fever, viral and bacterial gastroenteritis, and hepatitis A.

The shocking news understandably worried experts, who were consulted on the BBC programme.

Tony Lewis, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, said: “The level of contamination of faecal bacteria concerns me a great deal.

“The bacteria found are opportunistic pathogens – the source of human disease.

“These should not be present at any level – never mind the significant numbers found.”

A Costa spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “We were disappointed with the findings, especially as these stores are all rated Very Good with the top Hygiene Rating of 5. 

“It is extremely important to us that all our stores operate to high standards of hygiene at all times and we take it very seriously when any store fails to meet these standards.Tony Lewis, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, said: “The level of contamination of faecal bacteria concerns me a great deal.

“The bacteria found are opportunistic pathogens – the source of human disease.

“These should not be present at any level – never mind the significant numbers found.”

A Starbucks spokesman told MailOnline it takes hygiene “extremely seriously” and “nothing is more important” than customer safety.

“We adopt industry standard cleaning processes across all our stores,…

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