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Soda Fountain Machines Are Filled With Bacteria

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Posted By: The Booze at 10:00 am

11 Jan 2010

Injury BoardAuthors of a new study published in this month’s issue of International Journal of Food Microbiology believe that, “Soda fountain machines may harbor persistent communities of potentially pathogenic microorganisms, which may contribute to episodic gastric distress in the general population and could pose a more significant health risk to immune-compromised individuals.”

Researchers at Hollins University and Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke, VA tested ninety beverage samples of sugar sodas, diet sodas and water obtained from 20 self-service and 10 personnel-dispensed soda fountains in the Roanoke area for microbial contamination.

I get stomachaches all the time after I drink fountain soda. I just assumed it had something to do with the syrup to seltzer ratio, but now I know I’ve been digesting pure shit. I can’t believe this wasn’t common knowledge earlier. Obviously McDonald’s workers aren’t going to wipe down the inside of that machine. As far as they’re concerned, if it aint behind the counter, it aint their problem.

I know most people would stop drinking fountain soda altogether after hearing this news, but I’m not most people. The fact of the matter is I’m a soda-fiend and fountain soda = free refills. I’m willing to down some microorganisms if that’s what it takes to keep my free-refill privilages.

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