Jasmine Roberts did a middle school science project about fast food ice that brought her awards and the results were terrifying. The project received a lot of attention because it proved that ice from fast food restaurants is so dirtier, that it passes even toilet water, and that’s 70 percent of the time.
When she was 12, Jasmine Roberts compiled samples of fast food ice from 5 South Florida restaurants. She collected them from drive through windows as well as self-serve machines. And then she collected samples from toilet water from those restaurants too. Afterwards she took the samples to the University of South Florida and had them tested for bacteria.
In most of the results, the samples tested positive for E. coli bacteria. This bacteria is usually associated with a lot of sickness epidemics throughout the states and it comes from human waste.
Dr. David Katz is a medical contributor for “Good Morning America” and also helped on the research. This is what he had to say: “These [bacteria] don’t belong there. It’s not cause for panic, although it is alarming because what she found is nothing new. You’re not more likely to get sick now. But she’s done us a favor by sounding the alarm.”
The fast food ice is probably dirtier due to machines not being cleaned regularly and also because people have unwashed hands scooping the ice. Contrary to popular belief, toilet water comes from clean city water supplies and is actually bacteria-free.
Jasmine Roberts got intrigued in the issue after she read about bacteria in a newspaper article and got really interested in doing something alike, as well having chewing ice as pet peeves thanks to her friends who do it constantly.
Her interest in science was inspired by her older brother Justus, who, like his sister, has won many science-fair awards. He says he is very supportive of her projects. “I gave her a high five, and then said, ‘You’re a strange little kid.’ But I supported her all the way.”
Robert’s project about fast food ice spread around that even got noticed by the restaurants and they immediately took action by bringing in new sanitary policies and have gone as far as asking her to come back to the restaurants to take new samples and do new tests.
Roberts is very proud of her project and what it has achieved. “First they appreciated the project. And one location even asked me to come back and test the temperature of their food.”
After Jasmines findings people started their own investigations. Here is what happened.