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    Fast Food Ice Dirtier Than Toilet Water




    Feb. 20, 2006 — Jasmine Roberts never expected her award-winning middle school science project to get so much attention. But the project produced some disturbing results: 70 percent of the time, ice from fast food restaurants was dirtier than toilet water.

    The 12-year-old collected ice samples from five restaurants in South Florida — from both self-serve machines inside the restaurant and from drive-thru windows. She then collected toilet water samples from the same restaurants and tested all of them for bacteria at the University of South Florida.

    In several cases, the ice tested positive for E. coli bacteria, which comes from human waste and has been linked to several illness outbreaks across the country.

    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/OnCall/sto...1641825&page=1

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    OMG...That is so nasty. Eeeeeeeeeww!! Another reason not to eat at fast food restaurants, gross. I wonder how nasty the water is in regular restaurants.

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    once there were 4 of us that got sicker than dirty. we had been to a wyatt's cafeteria for lunch (long time ago). the only thing we all consumed in common was the ice in our various drinks.

    the ice maker in our refrig is ancient and i know there is mold growing in there, so i make our ice cubes in trays and use bottled water. we do not eat out much anyway and this is just another reason to eat at home.

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    We use bottled water too and never even hooked up the ice maker........

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    We had an ice machine at work and it did mildew, We domped all the ice and cleaned the machine. Perhaps the eating establishments did not do that.

    Our policy was clean everything everyday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beyond Belief
    We use bottled water too and never even hooked up the ice maker........
    We only had our icemaker working for about 4 months and the ice had a weird taste so I had it disconnected.

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    You mean my coke that I got at Wendy's yesterday.....

    I never even thought about ice; just assumed it was fresh.

    How many things do I have to worry about every day??? I might as well just stay under the bed.

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    LOL If you add enough Bacardi to the coke it will kill any bacteria in the ice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tybee204
    LOL If you add enough Bacardi to the coke it will kill any bacteria in the ice.
    Really?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by tybee204
    LOL If you add enough Bacardi to the coke it will kill any bacteria in the ice.
    OMG that is too funny!


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    That's so gross, but I bet they never clean the insides of their ice machines. Also, the self serve ones don't have automatic ice-makers, they bring out ice in buckets to fill the machines and I often wondered how clean those buckets were to begin with.


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    Anybody know if purchased bagged ice is better?

    Eve

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    Most convienence stores bag there own ice out of the same machines they use for sodas etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tybee204
    Most convienence stores bag there own ice out of the same machines they use for sodas etc.

    What about those ice machines? Aren't they serviced by an ice company/provider? I wonder if they are as dirty!

    Eve

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    Ewwww. We don't eat out very often but when we camp and stop at little places along our way my kids always say no ice just so they get more pop... I'm thinking thta was a good thing.

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