Foodborne illness incidents occur every single day. In recent news (here and here), unsanitary operational practices in restaurants have lead to global awareness. Specifically related to ice. So let’s talk about how bacteria and viruses get into our ice and how we can best keep ice clean and safe for customers.
First, let’s address a common question. Isn’t ice cold enough to kill bacteria and viruses? Short answer, no! Once the ice is made it falls into a large bin for holding until it is used. The temperature in that bin remains around 35 to 40 degrees fahrenheit, and is NOT cold enough to kill off harmful pathogens. In fact, the ice bin is a dark, damp place that is perfect for mold, algae and biofilm to thrive - which bacteria LOVE to consume. So how exactly can you protect your customers, your brand and your integrity regarding this food product? It’s simple.READ MORE