Slime in the ice machine? It is much more common than you think and can make you or your patrons sick and result in health code violations. All of which can be avoided simply by scheduling regular preventative maintenance with through cleanings and filter changes. Not only does it prevent potential food poisoning due to dirty ice but keeps your machine from expensive service calls and breakdowns.

“It’s easy to overlook the risks associated with ice machines because we typically don’t think of ice as food given its lack of nutritional value. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), however, does define ice as food. Ice is handled by your staff and ingested by your customers, and it can spread illness just as easily as other food sources if contaminated by viruses, bacteria and mold. If your ice is contaminated, you won’t even know it until it’s too late. Your ice could look, smell and taste just fine, but it may still be harboring unhealthy microorganisms.”

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