How often should ice machines
If you make your own ice, your machine must be properly
maintained and sanitary, and your water source must
be safe. It is not just common sense ... IT IS THE LAW!
Michigan has adopted the 2009 Federal Food Code.
Chapter 1 part 1-201.10 defines Ice as food. This subjects ice to the same handling and cleanliness standards as everything else including manufacturing equipment.
Ice itself falls under 40CFR141 governing drinking water purity.
Ice machine cleaning is governed by Food Law 2009 Chapter 4 part 602.11 section (E) item (4a and b) which states that the machines must be "at a frequency specified by the manufacturer". i.e. Manitowac (which ranges from 2 - 4 times per year) or "at a frequency necessary to preclude accumulation of soil or mold", (which realistically should be at LEAST every 6 months).
Ice machine sanitizing is governed by Chapter 4 part 702.11 which states that their surfaces must be sanitized after each cleaning.
Annex 7 Form 2A, section 5 states: Federal law provides under the Criminal Fine Enforcement Act of 1984 for a fine up to $100,000 for a misdemeanor by a corporation or individual not resulting in death and, for misdemeanors resulting in death, a fine of up to $250,000 for individuals and $500,000 for corporations.
Bottom line ... cleaning and sanitizing your ice machine on a regular basis IS REQUIRED BY LAW.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends that users of commercial ice-making machines follow the manufacturer's recommendations for cleaning and sanitizing the machines.
All commercial ice-making machines are manufactured with a “boilerplate” statement affixed to the machine stating when and how the ice machine should be cleaned and sanitized.
Also, the water in Northern Michigan is rich in minerals,
especially lime, and buildup can seriously decrease
the speed of your ice production while increasing energy
One machine or many, The Ice Man will clean
your commercial ice machines upon request, or will set
up a convenient service agreement that will make maintaining
your ice machines effortless, instead of a constant
We use only high quality, nickel-safe cleaners and
good old-fashioned elbow grease to insure that your
ice is clean, safe, and delicious! Don’t wait
contact The Ice Man today!