Commercial Ice Machines
Ice Machine Service
Can Your Ice Make Your Customers Sick?
When is the last time you took the cover off of your ice machine to see what’s “growing” inside? Did you know that mold and slime buildup creates microbial growth inside of your ice machine? Having your ice machine thoroughly cleaned is probably on your *one of these days list”. Unfortunately, waiting to maintain your ice machine can inadvertently lead
to sick customers.
Ice machines that are not serviced regularly can cause the spread of nasty germs like Salmonella,
E. Coli, Shigella, and the Norwalk Virus (Norovirus).
In one incident alone, over 5,000 people fell ill from the Norovirus after consuming contaminated ice.
Just because ice is frozen doesn’t mean it cannot contain harmful bacteria or viruses. People can become very sick from consuming contaminated ice.
A study at the University of Texas showed that Salmonella, E. Coli, and Shigella all survived in ice cubes mixed with beverages containing water, cola, scotch, and even 85 proof tequila!
Another study in Chicago (Dec 2007) found that 20% of ice samples taken from 50 restaurants and hotel bars had high levels of fecal contamination. Water samples taken from a restroom toilet showed less bacterial contamination than the ice taken from
21 of the restaurants and bars sampled. When ice machines are inspected it is clear that many are not cleaned and sanitized regularly, if ever. Numerous studies show that contaminated ice is more common than people think!
So the Bottom Line is:
Your ice machine(s) should be thoroughly cleaned by one of our
FAS Tallahassee professionals at least twice a year as part of a regular maintenance program.
FLORIDA Health Code: 22-20-1 *
Code: 4-602.11(E) FC *
ICE MACHINES shall be cleaned: (4) In EQUIPMENT such as ICE BINS and enclosed components of ICE MACHINES (a) At a frequency specified by the manufacturer,
or at a frequency necessary to
prevent mold or soil.
We Offer North Florida Ice Machine
Manitowoc, Cornelius (IMI), Follett, Hoshizaki,
Ice-O-Matic, Scotsman, SerVend, and many more!
Our skilled technicians can properly service all brands of commercial ice machines. We take pride
in our fast response time when helping you with your ice machine needs. FAS Tallahassee’sOur factory trained service technicians and diagnostic equipment enable us to perform repairs when you need them, 24/7.
FAS Tallahassee can also provide warranty service for most major brands of commercial ice machines.
For a list of manufacturers we represent please call
850-576-3582, or toll free 866-998-9011.
To minimize future repair bills consider a Service Agreement with FAS Tallahassee Parts & Service. Our experts will tailor the agreement specifically to your needs and provide preventive and predictive maintenance to help you keep all your equipment up and running efficiently. With FAS as your partner, you can be confident that we will provide your business with professional, prompt service at affordable prices…
all year long!