Ice Machines & Food Safety
Ice isn’t often considered when talking about food borne illness. It’s easy to overlook the risks since we don’t tend to think of ice as food. However, ice is considered a food by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). If contaminated, ice can spread illness just as easily as other food sources.
Ice can often be contaminated by a dirty ice bin, unsafe ice handling, airborne contaminants such as dirt and dust, and the water used to make the ice. More often than not, ice contamination is a result of poor ice machine cleaning and maintenance.