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Traces of faeces found on every McDonald’s touchscreen tested

 Every so often McDonald’s finds itself mired in controversy. Through the years there have been various incidents that have tarnished the company’s name. Be it the French fries controversy or the case against the hot coffee, McDonald’s often finds itself in the news for the wrong reasons.

The very recent discovery of traces of faeces found on every touchscreen in eight of McDonald’s restaurants in the UK, will not go down well with customers.

A study was carried out by the London Metropolitan School of Human Sciences, who took swabs from several new machines installed at McDonald’s restaurants. Doctors were quite taken aback to find that every one of the touchscreens had coliforms.

Dr. Paul Matewele, senior lecturer at London Metropolitan University said, “We were all surprised how much gut and faecal bacterial there was on the touchscreen machines.”

Bacteria like Enterococcus faecalis, found on the screens, is well known for causing hospital-acquired infections. Many diners choose the items that they want to order on the touchscreens and then pick up their order a while later. In almost all cases, unsuspecting diners, dig into their order without washing their hands; setting themselves up for disaster!

Staphylococcus, a highly contagious bacteria, was found on a screen in one of the branches. This bacteria is often responsible for causing blood poisoning and toxic shock syndrome. What is even more worrisome is that Staphylococcus is developing a resistance to antibiotics.

“It starts around people’s noses.” Dr. Matewele informed. “If they touch their nose with their fingers and then transfer it to the touchscreen, someone else will get it.”

Another kind of bacteria, Listeria, responsible for causing miscarriages and stillbirths, was also found in the branches of Oxford Street and Holloway Road. More than half the screens that were swabbed also showed traces of Proteus, another bacteria which is generally found in human and animal faeces.

 Proteus, another one of the hospital-acquired infections, can also cause septicemia and urinary infections.

Dr. Matewele warns that people should be more aware of the basic rule of washing their hands before sitting down to eat, especially in the case of ordering food using touchscreens which have the most Although McDonald’s does clean their screens with disinfectant several times a day, they are probably not strong enough for some bacteria.

A spokesman for McDonald’s also said that facilities for washing hands are also provided. Although this exercise has been very revealing, what is even more surprising is the reaction from the public. Not many customers showed much emotion when told about the discovery, saying that it was quite expected. A few however, did say that they would stop using the touchscreens to order their food in the future!

Traces of faeces found on every McDonald’s touchscreen tested  Traces of faeces found on every McDonald’s touchscreen tested Reviewed by Tim on December 22, 2018 Rating: 5


  1. McDonalds and all the other restaurants need to keep these clean hourly.

  2. finding bacteria is NOT the same as finding feces, and a nose is not an anus. Poverty of thought and editing.


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