Faecal Bacteria Found in Ice in UK Coffee Chains

Undercover investigators for BBC Watchdog found faecal bacteria in ice served at Costa, Starbucks and Caffe Nero. 

Faecal bacteria can cause diarrhoea if ingested, which is especially problematic for those with compromised immune systems.

Worse still, the presence of faecal bacteria indicates that other disease-causing pathogens may be present, as microbiologist Philip Tierno explains:

“Where there are fecal bacteria present it is an indicator that there could be other germs….  like Norovirus or hepatitis A or Salmonella”.(1)

How did this happen? Expert Rob Kingsley, explains:

“It is an indicator that somewhere there has been some kind of breakdown in hygiene or the source of the water used for this ice.” (2)

What can you do to protect yourself at home, and how can you ensure your workplace  is clean and safe?

  1. Remove bacteria at source. Our water purification systems remove the faecal bacteria present in tap water, so if you have one at home, your office or food/drink business, you are already removing it at source. If not, you can purchase or rent one now, from as little as £1 a day.
  1. Correct hand washing. Clean hands prevent the spread the bacteria, so follow the World Health Organisation’s procedure for correct hand washing. Click here to view. (3)

Starbucks predicts that 50% of its beverage sales will be cold drinks by 2021(4), so it’s especially important that food and drink businesses take all steps to protect their customers, staff and reputations from faecal contamination in ice, water and on surfaces.

We’d like to reassure our domestic and commercial customers that our water purification systems remove faecal bacteria at source (along with a myriad of other bacteria, organisms and contaminants), providing extra peace of mind. 

If you’d like advice on installing a Pure H2O tap water purifier at home, your office or hospitality venue, call us now on 01483 617 000 or visit our website www.PureH2O.co.uk We’d be delighted to advise you.

References:

1. ‘Reports of fecal bacteria in iced coffee at chains like Starbucks are a red flag for bigger problems, a scientist explains’ UK Business Insider 29.06.17 http://uk.businessinsider.com/feces-bacteria-coffee-iced-drinks-2017-6?r=US&IR=T accessed 30.06.17

2. ’Faecal bacteria found in ice from Costa, Caffè Nero and Starbucks’ Guardian 28.06.17  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/28/faecal-bacteria-found-ice-three-major-uk-chains-caffe-nero-starbucks-costa-coffee accessed 30.06.17

3. ‘Clean Care is Safer Care’ World Heath Organisation http://www.who.int/gpsc/clean_hands_protection/en/ accessed 30.06.17

4. ‘Starbucks Sees Future Sales Growth Fueled by Food, Cold Coffee Beverages’ CNBC http://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/07/starbucks-sees-future-sales-growth-fueled-by-food-cold-coffee-beverages.html accessed 30.06.17

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Press Release: The Pureh2o SmartTap™ drinks station

We’re delighted to announce the launch of the The Pureh2o SmartTap™ the brand new compact drinks point delivering a modular choice of boiling, sparkling, chilled and / or ambient water. Several finishes, a modular approach to water options and upgrades including countertop drainer are offered, for full customisation in all settings domestic and commercial.

The Pureh2o SmartTap™  is the latest in our range of multifunction taps, following the success of Quatreau, our 4 function kitchen tap with touchscreen control panel. Like Quatreau, the all-new Pureh2o SmartTap™ is capable of delivering either filtered mains water or up to 99.99% pure water with the optional RODI tap water purifier. Pureh2o taps are the only ones on the market to integrate with these pure water systems.

Whether specified with filtered or pure water, the Pureh2o SmartTap™ sub-sink Hydrocell® 551 system offers a modular choice of boiling, chilled and sparkling as well as ambient water. The Hydrocell® unit incorporates easy to install and maintain quick fit filters and CO2 cartridges as standard, and multimedia filters to reduce impurities found in mains fed water.

Recently installed pre-launch at the Eurostar Paris Business Lounge, the compact tap system delivers 20 litres of water per hour, whichever option is selected. LED lit buttons ensure ease of use, the consistently safe, clean efficient flow and optional safety lock for boiling offers peace of mind. The optional sink drainer with integral drain turns the tap in to a stand-alone counter top drinks station. Infinite expansion of the boiling capacity is ideal for high-density environments.

Designed to robustly withstand the demands of high use areas, the Pureh2o SmartTap™ is manufactured in Great Britain, within 10 miles of our base in Woking, Surrey, with WRAS approved materials including solid 316 stainless steel chosen for strength, longevity and low environmental impact. With energy efficiency in mind, the boiling function uses 33% less energy than other hot water taps.

Installed with the optional Pureh2o RODI water purifier, the Pureh2o SmartTap™ delivers 99.99% pure water; purer by far than all bottled water brands, obviating the negative environmental impact of plastic bottled water and free from the myriad of impurities found in tap water. The RODI water purifier can also connect to steam ovens, coffee machines, ice makers and fridges for exceptional clarity and purity of taste and appearance, making it an ideal system for restaurants and hotels, as used at Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons, Oxford and Great Fosters, Surrey:

“Food and beverage are of paramount importance and are reflected in our overall reputation… After 30 years in the hotel business, I was amazed at the difference that the quality of water could bring to many of our services.” Richard Young, General Manager Great Fosters Hotel, Surrey.

For further information and to order the Pureh2o SmartTap™ and optional water purification system, visit www.Pureh2o.co.uk or call us on 01483 617 000. We welcome enquiries from the trade, consumers and press.

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The Pureh2o SmartTap™ installed at Eurostar Paris Business Lounge
Specified with Sparkling, Chilled and countertop sink drainer.

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Quatreau at The Avenue Cookery School

We recently installed our Quatreau Tap in The Avenue Cookery School in London, a school noted for its variety of culinary courses from bread baking to knife skills, kids weekend cooking classes to corporate entertaining and bespoke classes. Additionally, their kitchen is hired for product launches, photo-shoots and filming.

Quatreau is firmly placed at the centre of this busy kitchen with impressive facilities, and thanks to its four functions, convenient touchscreen and delivery of RODI pure water, Quatreau immediately become indispensable, as Chef and Teacher Richard Horsford explains:

“As a fast-paced cookery school, The Pure H2O Company’s Quatreau Tap has made a real difference to our day-to-day running of the school. The purity of the water is perfect for allowing the flavours of food to shine, while the Boiling function is great for making teas and coffees for our students without having to boil endless kettles! From blanching veg to making ice-cold sparkling drinks, our Pure H20 Quatreau is the icing on the cake for our busy cookery school.” – Richard Horsford, Chef and Teacher.

Do visit The Avenue’s website for more information on their inspiring classes. And if you’d like to install our multifunction Quatreau Tap (with optional RODI tap water purifier) in your kitchen – whether it’s a family home, busy office or commercial kitchen – we’d love to discuss your requirements. Call us on 01483 617 000, email customerservice@pureh2o.co.uk or fill in the contact form on our website and our customer service team will help with your enquiry.

Eve Kalinik: Understanding Hydration with Pure H2O Co. Ltd

Here’s guest blogger, Eve Kalinik, on the importance of adequate hydration with pure water

Hydration, or the lack thereof, is something that I’m consistently reinforcing with my clients, many of us wonder why we have afternoon slumps, food cravings, headaches and sluggish digestions but often this can be a simple fact of not taking in enough water. When you think as we are almost 60% water and pretty much every cellular process is conducted in a water environment its no wonder we need to make sure that our bodies are well hydrated. This also contributes to supporting digestive processes & juices as well as transporting oxygen and vital nutrients in the blood and around the body. And a hydrated body also burns fat more efficiently. Fact.

As a general guide we need to take in around 2 litres per day but this should be increased if you are exercising or traveling. Whilst pure water is the obvious and most bio available source, hydration isn’t just about straight up h20. It is also important to eat plenty of water rich food based sources too. Cucumber, green leafy veg and strawberries are up there at around 90% water but generally most vegetables will contain good levels. Try not to get so fixated on having a certain amount of fluid per day but also ensure to have hydrating foods as part of your daily intake. Juices & smoothies are a great way to max this but making sure you are hitting your 8 portions of veggies per day will have an impact on your hydration levels too. When drinking water the key thing is to make sure that your water comes from a clean source, trying to avoid plastic bottles where possible as these contain hormone mimicking substances and other chemicals that can leach into the water itself. Repeated and long term exposure to these are not beneficial for our health so try to buy your water in glass bottles where you can. Investing in a home filtration unit is well worth the money, rather than wasting it on filter jugs that don’t get rid of a lot of the contaminants and general nasties. In my opinion the best filtration system uses a reverse osmosis process, like the pureh2o.co.uk systems, that also takes out hormones, since most regular filters won’t do this.

Here’s some more of my better hydrating tips…

WAKE & HYDRATE – start the day as soon as you wake up with a glass of water. The body will be pretty thirsty first thing so try to get into a routine with this. Warm water and lemon juice can be a nice twist and also stimulates digestive processes.

MAKE IT INTERESTING – add things like slices of lemon, mandolin sliced cucumber, fresh mint or fresh lime & pinch cayenne can make all the difference and certainly make your water look and taste more inspiring. Avoid the flavoured waters as these often contain high levels of sugar.

SIP THROUGHOUT THE DAY – don’t get to the end of the day and realise that you haven’t had enough and chug back in one go. We can over hydrate ourselves too so little and often is the key mantra here.

WINE NOT WATER – when it comes to meal times that is! Avoid drinking a lot of water when you are eating as this can dilute gastric juice secretion and impair breaking down food. A small glass of wine can assist this though.

HAVE A GOAL – buy a beautiful jug and have it on your desk at work or in the kitchen. That way you’ll be more inclined to drink regularly. A plastic bottle with its label peeling off isn’t the most appealing things and clients often tell me they don’t have time to go to the water machine so having this to hand will make it a lot easier. Check out BKR bottles that are chic and make you want to drink more.

HERBAL TEAS COUNT – in all their variety are another great and delicious way of increasing your intake. Coffee has a dehydrating effect so just stick to one organic freshly ground cup in the morning after breakfast.

Mineral Supplement Linked to Dementia

The Telegraph newspaper recently reported on a study which found an increased risk of dementia in women taking calcium supplements, who have previously had a stroke.

“Patients who had survived a stroke were  seven times more likely to go on to develop dementia if they took the daily supplement, say scientists at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.”

Reassuringly, organic calcium found in food is perfectly safe. As Eve Kalinik advised in her recent blog for us: Mythbusting: Osteoporosis, there are plenty of food sources of calcium, as well as lifestyle changes, that can be taken by women seeking to reduce their risk of osteoporosis.

We know from our Mythbusting blog series that inorganic minerals found in tap water and supplements do not support health, cannot be absorbed by the body, and are therefore unnecessary – and according to the study the Telegraph reported on – downright dangerous, in some cases.

Neither mineral supplements, nor tap water, nor ‘remineralised’ water is useful to our bodies. All the minerals we need as humans can only be derived from food; plants convert inorganic minerals to organic, which the human body is capabable of asbsorbing and putting to use to protect our health.

Check out the rest of our Mythbusting blog series to learn more about minerals and health (we also tackle that other common myth, alkalinity). And read the Telegraph article here.

 

6 Ways To Make Water More Interesting

We know that once you’ve tried Pure H2O, you’ll be amazed at just how good pure water tastes. Without all those chemicals, impurities and contaminants found in tap water (and even bottled waters), Pure H2O tastes just as nature intended. One of our clients describes it as ‘almost sweet’, and even children are happy to drink plain, pure water.

But for those times when you’d like a bit of variety – especially on hot summer days – Veggie Magazine has some great ideas, including flavouring your Pure H2O with herbs. Click here to see their blog and visit www.PureH2O.co.uk to see details of 99.99% pure water and our fantastically useful Quatreau Tap that Veggie recommends you try.

Thanks to Veggie for featuring Pure H2O & Quatreau Tap!

Quatreau Tap: as seen in Grand Designs

Quatreau_GD_0516Check out the latest issue of Grand Designs magazine;  you’ll find our Quatreau multifunction kitchen tap on page 55 opposite the Style Finder.

Quatreau is the crowning glory of our multifunction tap range and a real leader in the smart tap marketplace because not only does it offer an impressive four functions – Boiling, Chilled, Sparkling and Hot / Cold – it has an innovative touch screen interface and delivers not just filtered tap water, but also RODI 99.99% pure water from the optional add-on Hydrocell unit.

This RODI Pure H2O offers exceptional purity of taste whether you’re hydrating with straight up pure water from the Chilled function, mixing drinks with the Sparkling, or making tea and coffee with the Boiling function (pure water also preserve aroma and clarity in hot drinks). The reason is Pure H2O is free from all impurities, including hard water deposits.

If you eat organic, you’ll be so happy to have Pure H2O on tap with Quatreau ready to wash, prep, blanch and cook your ingredients; purified of all pesticides, agro-industrial pollutants and chemicals, your water is as clean as your food and supports your healthy living choices.

Find out more about Quatreau and RODI pure water at www.PureH2O.co.uk You can call us on 01483 617 000 and email natalie@pureh2o.co.uk.

And don’t forget to pick up the latest issue of Grand Designs magazine – it’s packed full with inspirational features including kitchen layouts, real interiors from a variety of property styles and shopping guides.