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Can Ice Make You Sick?

Updated on April 23, 2013

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.

Options To Disinfect Water

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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You must also remember that purifying water takes a load off your poor kidneys, those two filtration units that have to filter your body fluids. We just don't know the sort of damage that is done over time to our kidneys when we ignore the toxins that might be swimming around in the water we drink.

It's this type of awareness that will help you avoid complications down the road if you take the precautions now to watch what you put into your body.

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      6 years ago

      This is seriously gross. Fecal matter in ice. Yuck. Thanks for the warning.

    • EffieYoung profile image


      7 years ago from Las Vegas

      I am surprised about how much fecal matter was found in the ice. I never thought ice to be clean - I just thought that the bins are often open and any and everything can fall in it. I'm glad I don't usually have drinks with ice. I always order no ice.

      Thanks for the information.

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      Lori Colbo 

      8 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      What an unpleasant discovery. I shall refrain from using ice when I am out and about. I drink bottled water most of the time anyway, but still...

      Thanks for this informative hub.

    • rb11 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Las Vegas

      Ripplemaker, the fast food restaurants won't like you for telling the truth.

      Dawei, thanks

      Useful, I don't drink either, I drink distilled to be safe.

      Thanks all...

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      Useful Knowledge 

      9 years ago

      This is true. Toilet water is cleaner. Fecal contamination..yuck. I suppose that ice can cause Ecoli. Good Hub!

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      9 years ago

      Hi rb11- wow! I'll be careful of ice in the future. Thanks for this! -dawei888 :-)

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Goodness is it really that bad? Yuck! I could feel my throat getting all weird inside. LOL Well, eating outside always has the threat of uncleanliness. Homecooking is so much better. :-)


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