Best Place to Find Fecal Matter in McDonald’s: Kiosks

Nothing better to start your work day than with a McCrappe, er McCafe.

When McDonald’s announced the addition of their touchscreen kiosks, younger people rejoiced, while the older generation complained about the technology. They improved the ordering process for McDonald’s drastically and could focus more on customer satisfaction instead of being behind the counter taking orders. All seemed like plus signs, but there was a hidden enemy.

Recently, the Metro published a story about their findings in McDonald’s. Researchers in London went to 8 separate McDonald’s and found a large amount of bacteria that resides on the touchscreen themselves. While there were some forms of bacteria that were found in some and not others, they all contained traces of fecal matter bacteria.

Dr. Matewele, microbiology researcher at London Metropolitan University, said, “Seeing Staphylococcus on these machines is worrying because it is so contagious”. Staphylococcus is a bacteria that can lead to blood poisoning and toxic shock syndrome. There are also some fears that is becoming resistant to antibiotics as well.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, NOVEMBER 26TH 2018. Dr. Paul Matewele, Doctor and researcher of Microbiology and Immunology in the London Metropolitan University School of Human Sciences, is pictured in his laboratory in London, 26th November 2018. Dr. Matewele has discovered several forms of bacteria on the self-service machines in McDonald's fast food restaurants around the country. Photo credit: Susannah Ireland

Dr. Paul Matewele , microbiology and immunology expert, was shocked at the findings (Picture: Susannah Ireland for

McDonald’s claims to clean these screens daily, but Matewele believes this is untrue or that they are not using strong enough cleaner.

The best thing one can do to counter these bacteria is to wash your hands after ordering your food on the kiosk.

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