A study of McDonald’s touchscreens in the UK has revealed very “surprising” results.

The study undertaken by The Metro newspaper of every McDonald’s touchscreen in the UK found bacteria including faecal germs covering the screens used to order food, shares Yahoo.

Diners uses the touchscreens to choose their food then head to the counter to collect their meals.

London Metropolitan University Dr Paul Matawele said he was “surprised” by the results and added the faecal and gut bacteria cause “the kind of infections that people pick up in hospitals”.

Dr Matawele said seeing Staphylococcus on the screens was “worrying” due to how contagious it is.

The bacteria causes staph infections.

Listeria was found on screens in two separate restaurants while 75 per cent of the screens swabbed had proteus bacteria on them – a bacteria found in human and animal faeces.

McDonald’s cleans its screens but Dr Matawele is concerned the disinfectant might not be strong enough.

In a statement to The Metro, a McDonald’s spokesman said the screens are cleaned “frequently” and facilities are provided for customers to wash their hands.

Share your comments below

  • Anything that is touched by a lot of people is go to be disgusting.


  • That’s disgusting, thankfully I don’t use them


  • This actually doesn’t surprise me!


  • This is not surprising with all the people that use them


  • Oh my gosh, I feel totally sick now. How revolting.


  • Oh lovely – because I wasn’t OCD enough. I knew the door handles at work were grotty – can’t imagine what is on them!


  • Yuk, but not strange

    • Yep no surprise here as well ….traffic light buttons that you press for walk are also grotty.


  • Not at all surprised …same goes for screens and lift down trays on planes.


  • This is so gross, but not unexpected. Same goes for their straws too.


  • We never buy McDonalds, so I didn’t even know they had touch screens. The findings are not surprising.


  • Never used the screens but not surprised.


  • You get results like this with anything that s touched by multiple people.


  • I don’t see the surprise. We all know the more people that touch something the more horrible it is but we just don’t want to know. We need germs to make us resistant but sooner or later we get sick from something.


  • I’ve never used those touchscreens. Now there is no risk! :-)

    • We always go for customer service over self service. Self service takes away jobs. So we have no risk of touching or getting any germs or nasties from these screens.


  • I have used those screens but not anything,thanks!


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