Fecal matter found on McDonald’s order touchscreens

Unsuspecting diners choose their food on the touchscreens then head to the server to pick up their burgers more often than not without washing their hands.

mcdonaldsTraces of faeces have been found on every single McDonald’s touchscreen swabbed in an investigation by metro.co.uk.

Senior lecturer in microbiology at London Metropolitan University Dr Paul Matewele said: “We were all surprised how much gut and faecal bacteria there was on the touchscreen machines. These cause the kind of infections that people pick up in hospitals.”

Every McDonald’s screen that was swabbed was found to have fecal matter on them. The machines have been rolled out in McDonald’s branches across the UK and the US.

Unsuspecting diners choose their food on the touch screens then head to the server to pick up their burgers more often than not without washing their hands.

A screen at one branch was found to have staphylococcus, a bacteria that can cause blood poisoning and toxic shock syndrome.

Dr Matewele said: ‘Seeing Staphylococcus on these machines is worrying because it is so contagious. ‘It starts around people’s noses, if they touch their nose with their fingers and then transfer it to the touchscreen someone else will get it, and if they have an open cut which it gets into, then it can be dangerous.

Metro.co.uk’s study with the university’s school of human sciences involved swabs taken from eight McDonald’s restaurants. Six in London and two in Birmingham. Listeria bacteria was found in Oxford Street and Holloway Road branches.

It can cause listeriosis which can lead to miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women. Dr Matewele said: “Listeria is another rare bacterium we were shocked to find on touchscreen machines as again this can be very contagious and a problem for those with a weak immune system.”

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