Tip of the Week

Research has identified ice machines as potential sources of Legionella bacteria.

Ice machines operate at temperatures below 20°C (safe temperature to avoid legionella) so you would think it would be safe.  However, ice machines contain a mechanical compressor which gives off heat that may warm the water inside the machine, allowing Legionella and other bacteria to grow.

Research has indicated that, while Legionella bacteria is dormant at low temperatures, it can become active if it is present in ice which then subsequently thaws.

To avoid any bacteria growth within your ice machine we recommend the following –

  • Empty your ice machine every week and clean and sanitise the inside. Pay attention to cleaning the ice chute and any ice curtains
  • Keep your ice scoop out of the machine.   Store ‘handle up’ in a container of sanitiser.  Wash the ice scoop daily as contamination from hands is one of the biggest causes of cross contamination.

Alert

Having an Ice machine Weekly Cleaning Schedule attached to the side of your machine will help ensure your cleaning regime is implemented.

Weekly Food Fact

Did you know that pumpkins are very good for you.  Pumpkins are made up of 90% water which makes them very low in calories.  The same size serving of sweet potato has triple the calories.  Pumpkin has more fibre than kale, more potassium than bananas AND you can carve scary faces in them!

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