Friday, May 26, 2006

Packaged Ice Is Hot Spot For Bacteria And Mouse Feces

TAMPA, Fla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Summer is here and that means people are ready to kick back with an ice-cold cooler of beer by their side.

But before you run to a convenience store for some ice to chill those brewskis, make sure you carefully examine the bag before you spend your cold hard cash.

That’s because the ice could be chock full of bacteria like ecoli and even mouse feces.

That’s the cold hard truth from Jane McEwen, executive director of the International Packaged Ice Association (IPIA).

She says most of the infected ice comes in bags that don’t have the IPIA seal of approval and says the dirtiest ice is found in Mom and Pop stores because many of them package the ice in their own back room, and in the ice machines at fast food restaurants.

Meanwhile, the safest ice is found at chain stores like 7-11 and Circle K.

McEwen also says bags with drawstring packaging or discolored ice pose the biggest health threat but admits, “Consumers should worry more about bacteria from improper handling and unwashed hands rather than dead animals or feces.”

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