Can Ice Make You Sick?
Ice vs Toilet Water
Ice is a kind of cool subject and it's something we all use, but how safe is it?
Read the following report and judge for yourself:
CHICAGO, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Ice cubes from several Chicago-area fast-food and fine-dining establishments tested positive for high levels of fecal coliform.
Samples from nearly 50 restaurants and hotel bars found nearly 20 percent had high levels of fecal contamination, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Sunday.
Water samples taken from a restroom toilet showed less bacterial contamination than the ice from 21 of the restaurants and bars sampled.
Fecal coliform does not pose a significant health risk at lower levels, though The Sun times cites several experts saying bacterial contamination may lead to illness in the elderly and younger children.
Most of the positive test samples came from ice-bins used by waitstaff or otherwise exposed sources.
"It means that obviously someone's not washing their hands properly, and there's fecal matter," Frances Guichard with the Chicago Health Department said in the Sun-Times.
Representatives from the sampled restaurants told the newspaper they regularly passed their health inspections and noted that additional sanitary measures were in place as a result of the tests.
Ice is not tested by health officials and the test procedures did not conform to the standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency.
This is surely not an isolated case. We ignore the fact that ice comes from water and the containers making and holding ice are neglected in the overall sanitation program.
We hope the comparison this news article states "toilet water was cleaner than the ice" doesn't deter you from enjoying a delicious glass of ice tea, but it brings to the surface an awareness of the small things that can affect our health.
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We don't expect that most people will bring their water filtration system to a restaurant or a gallon of chlorine because of the ice problem. But maybe a glass of water without ice is worth a try.
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