According to the newspaper, they swabbed the new self-order machines in six distinct England locations–six in London and two in Birmingham. The breadth of different and concerning bacteria on every one worried Senior Lecturer in Microbiology at London Metropolitan University Dr. Paul Matawele, who advised the Metro:”We were all surprised how much gut and [fecal] germs there was about the touchscreen machines. These cause the sort of infections that people pick up in hospitals.”
One of those bacteria was staphylococcus, which has been linked to Toxic Shock Syndrome. Matawele called the bacteria”so contagious.” He was also worried about the listeria, klebsiella, and proteus strains discovered, each of which contributes to a different serious illness.
When contacted by the paper, a McDonald’s rep commented”our self-order screens are cleaned frequently during the day. All of our restaurants also offer amenities for customers to wash their hands before eating.”