CHICAGO, Illinois (The Adobo Chronicles, Chicago Bureau) – Touchscreens installed at McDonald’s branches in Britain have tested positive for fecal matter, a journalistic investigation has revealed.
Samples were taken by experts from machines at eight restaurants, including six in London and two in Birmingham.
Customers use the touchscreens to choose and pay for their food and then they pick up their order at the counter.
Paul Matawele, senior lecturer in microbiology at London Metropolitan University, which carried out the study in conjunction with Metro.co.uk, said he was surprised at how much gut and faecal bacteria were on the machines, concluding that many people did not wash their hands before they used them.
Reacting to the damaging report, McDonald’s has ordered all its franchises with touchscreen machines to immediately install water faucets next to the ordering kiosks. In addition, notices will be posted on the machines asking customers to wash their hands before ordering.
Swift action by the fast-food giant.