For over 35 years BRG Air Systems LLC has been servicing and maintaining all makes and models of commercial ice machines. It is our goal to ensure that the machines we service get extended life with minimal breakdowns but most importantly produce clean safe ice.
Do I know the FDA clean ice regulations?
Should I have a water filter on my machine?
How often do I need to clean the ice machine?
Do I have an Ice handling procedure in place for employees?
If you make your own ice, your machine must be properly maintained and sanitized., Your water source must be safe and filtered.
It is not just common sense....It Is Required by the Food and Drug Administration!
FDA subjects’ ice to the same handling and cleanliness standards as everything else in a restaurant, convenience store or any other business that serves ice to the public for food, beverage or other food use.
2009 Federal Food Code Chapter 1 part 2-201.1 defines Ice as food.
Federal law provides under the Criminal Fine Enforcement Act of 1984... for a fine up to $100,000 for a misdemeanor by a corporation or individual not resulting in death and, for misdemeanors resulting in death, a fine of up to $250,000 for individuals and $500,000 for corporations.
The water in Florida, if not filtered properly, will cause mineral buildup, slime, and mold. Not only is this unsanitary and cause sickness, it can seriously decrease your ice production and increase energy usage.
All commercial ice-making machines are manufactured with a "boilerplate" statement affixed to the machine stating when and how the ice machine should be cleaned and sanitized.
Manitowoc states to clean their machines between 2 & 4 times per year or "at a frequency necessary to prevent accumulation of sediment, slime, or mold build-up."
For most businesses this realistically at LEAST every 6 months, provided clean environment and clean water supply.
Bottom line....cleaning and sanitizing your ice machine on a regular basis IS REQUIRED BY LAW.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends that users of commercial ice-making machines follow the manufactures recommendations for the handling, cleaning and sanitizing the machines.
All facilities should develop and follow strict policies on how to handle ice being served to a consumer.