Most don’t think twice before ordering a fountain drink at a restaurant or pouring themselves a ‘Big Gulp’ at a local convenient store but maybe we should be paying closer attention. How clean is the ice machine putting ice in your cup? If it looks like it isn’t clean and you shrug it off you could be putting your health at risk. The even bigger issue is what you don’t see… on the inside of the ice machine.

“The nasty-looking stuff — the slime —  is yeast or mold or biofilm, which is a thin covering of bacteria. All of it occurs naturally, and, if not cleaned up, can lead to outbreaks of:

  • Cholera —  a potential fatal bacterial disease of the small intestine;
  • Typhoid fever —  a bacterial infection of the intestinal tract;
  • Salmonella — a bacterial infection of the intestinal tract that results in diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps  that usually last four to seven days;
  • Legionella — more commonly known as Legionnaire’s disease, which can result in fever, chills, shortness of breath, muscle aches, headaches, and diarrhea;
  • E. coli — a bacterial infection causing diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever;
  • Shigella — a bacterial infection resulting in diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps lasting five to seven days;
  • Hepatitis A — a contagious liver infection;
  • And, Norovirus — a highly contagious virus causing severe vomiting and diarrhea.”


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