Thursday, February 16, 2006

More Bacteria in Fast Food Ice than Toilet Water According to Seventh Grade Experiment

Twelve-year-old Jasmine Roberts of Tampa suspected that the ice served at fast food restaurants was more contaminated with bacteria that the restaurants' own toilet water, so she tested her hypothesis and found she was right:
She tested the samples at a lab at the Moffitt Cancer Center where she volunteers with a USF professor. Roberts says the results did not surprise her.

Jasmine Roberts:
"I found that 70-percent of the time, the ice from the fast food restaurant's contain more bacteria than the fast food restaurant's toilet water."

Roberts' graph shows the toilet water, shown in red, had less bacteria in most cases than the ice inside shown in blue, and the ice from drive-through windows shown in green. Roberts' teacher says he wasn't surprised either.

Mark Danish, Honors Science Teacher:
"It does concern me[,] and I think with any restaurant you have to think twice about what you may get there."
Link (via BoingBoing). The result was a winning science fair entry. Man, and all I did was see how bread grew mold.

Indexed by tags: science, food and drink, fast food, ice, toilet water, experiment, Tampa, Jasmine Roberts.


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