Bacteria found on hands, including some associated with failing to wash properly after visiting the toilet, have been found by experts from the Health Protection Agency. Tests on ice, ice machines and utensils carried out at 88 establishments found that 30 per cent showed evidence of poor hygiene.
Details were published after a recent report revealed that the number of people experiencing tummy upsets has surged by 50 per cent compared with the 1990s.
Some 17million cases occur each year, caused by a variety of sources, leading to 11million lost working days.
The major problem with ice involved a failure to clean machines and scoops used by staff to fill glasses and cups.
The HPA said: ‘Thirty per cent – 42 – of the ice samples were found to have unsatisfactory levels of coliform bacteria.
‘Of these, three samples were also found to have unsatisfactory levels of Enterococci and one sample had an unsatisfactory level of E.coli.
‘Both Enterococci and E.coli can be found in the gastrointestinal tract of humans and animals and may be an indication of faecal contamination.’
Tests were carried out at businesses across Yorkshire and the Humber region and in the East Midlands.
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