Director of Business Services, Assurity Consulting
29th April 2016
The most likely reason for ice to become contaminated in the UK is due to poor personal hygiene. Therefore it is imperative that food handlers who are serving ice wash and dry their hands before starting the task. In addition to this, the ice should be handled using clean utensils, the utensils should be kept in a clean place when not being used and they should be washed and sanitised on a daily basis.
The container for storing the ice should be kept covered, should only be accessible to those who are serving the drinks and should also be washed and sanitised on a daily basis. Furthermore, any ice left in the container should be disposed of at the end of the day.
Many commercial premises use ice machines. These need to be installed, located, cleaned and serviced in accordance with the manufacturer's guidelines to avoid contamination of the ice. Using the term ‘Hygienic use of ice machines’ in any search engine will provide guidance from various local authority environmental health departments on how to achieve this.
As summer approaches many of us will be looking forward to a cool drink. We won’t be expecting that drink to contain faecal matter!
For further advice on the safe and hygienic serving of ice and to find out how Assurity Consulting can support you with your food safety management, please call 01403 269375 or click here.