Gut bacteria: Hygiene deficiencies found in controls in ice cream parlors
On a hot summer day there is hardly anything cooler than delicious ice cream. It tastes best from the ice cream parlor. But it is often not as clean there as an investigation by the Hessian state laboratory has shown. The experts identified deficiencies in hygiene and germs were discovered in numerous samples.
High-calorie treats in summer
For many citizens, a nice summer day includes indulging in a delicious ice cream. However, health experts advise against excessive consumption, since ice cream is one of the typical calorie traps in summer. However, not all varieties are calorie bombs. More and more ice cream parlors are now using low-calorie ice cream with curd, yoghurt or stevia. What is neglected in some ice cream parlors is hygiene. This has been shown in a current study.
Around eight liters of ice cream are consumed per head and year in Germany. To ensure that ice cream enjoyment remains a pleasure in summer, ice cream parlors and cafés are regularly checked by the official food inspection - even in Hesse.
There the ice samples are taken from the assortment by the responsible veterinary offices and examined in the Hessian state laboratory.
According to a report from the laboratory, 40 of the 259 of these planned samples had to be objected to this summer due to poor hygiene standards (15.4%).
According to the information, there was a slight increase in the complaint rate compared to the previous year (11.9%).
Specifically, four of 43 samples of fruit ice cream (9.3%), 17 of 126 samples of milk ice cream (13.5%) and 19 of 90 samples of "ice cream" (21%) - ice cream that was marketed as "ice cream" is placed on the market and may also contain vegetable fat, e.g. Strawberry ice cream.
"These findings were not harmful to health, so we can reassure consumers," said the director of the Hessian state laboratory, Prof. Dr. Hubertus Brunn, with.
"Because in no sample did we find salmonella or listeria."
"Indicators of poor hygiene and faecal contamination"
“The detected germs all came from the Enterobacteriaceae family, which are also part of a healthy intestinal flora in humans and animals. They serve as indicators of poor hygiene and fecal contamination, ”said Brunn.
"The reasons for germs in ice cream almost always lie in the improper handling of the ice cream scoop. These are often kept in standing water or even wiped with unclean rags, ”said the director.
A recent study by German scientists also showed that cleaning utensils such as rags or sponges are real spinners.
The experts recommend not to clean kitchen sponges, but to dispose of them regularly (about once a week) or replace them with new ones.
Cream still striking
In addition to the ice cream samples, a sample of whipped cream from the ice cream machines was also examined from each ice cream parlor. Of 102 samples, 50 had to be rejected due to poor hygiene.
This corresponds to a complaint rate of around 49 percent, which is significantly lower than in the previous year (approx. 61%).
"But the unfortunately still high number of complaints is still due to incorrect handling of the devices, inadequate cleaning and disinfection as well as missing and insufficient maintenance of the devices," explained Director Brunn.
“If liquid cream remains in the device overnight and is not adequately cooled, germs can multiply there cheerfully. Porous seals, in which germs can settle, are not exchanged to the required extent, ”says Brunn. (ad)