Is Your Ice Machine Like a Petri Dish?
When commercial ice-making machines are inspected, it becomes clear that many aren’t cleaned or sanitized very often...if ever. Irregularly or incompletely cleaned machines can spread Salmonella, Listeria, E. coli, Shigella and the Norwalk virus*.
Frozen or Not...Ice Can Contain Harmful Bacteria and Viruses
At the University of Texas study, Salmonella, E. coli, and Shigella all survived in ice cubes mixed with a cola, scotch and water...and 85 proof tequila!
Viruses also survive in ice cubes, so our foodborne illness leader, the noroviruses (think Norwalk virus), can wreak havoc in the frozen crystals.
Biofilm Buildup from Untreated Microbial Growth
Untreated microbial growth can cause biofilm buildup, (AKA“slime), where microorganisms, mainly bacteria, grow together in a matrix of polymers secreted by the microorganisms.
Worse, biofilms have a shielding effect making disease-producing bacteria including Listeria, 1,000 times harder to eliminate. Normal cleaning and sanitizing methods like running your machine’s the cleaning cycle are often insufficient.
Even worse, biofilms can be an ongoing source of pathogenic and spoilage organisms if not completely removed or prevented from forming.
The Blejwas Solution: Complete Cleaning & Documentation
Our trained technicians will clean your machine to manufacturer’s factory standards...and beyond. We will manually clean and remove biofilm from those parts that automated cleaning cannot reach. And we will provide you with complete documentation required for compliance! Wall mount, countertop or freestanding, Blejwas expert services include:
- Preventative Maintenance
- Documentation and detailed reports
Maintenance & Service Contracts Available
- Hospitals & Healthcare Facilities
- Laboratories & Medical research Facilities
- Commercial Buildings & Offices
- Food Service & Hospitality
- Educational Facilities
For more information about our ice machine & dispenser services, please call: 908-253-8822, or fill out a quote request form, and one of our associates will respond back to you in a timely manner.