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By: Air Oasis on May 1st, 2018

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Say Goodbye to Contaminated Ice: Announcing Bi-Polar® Ice

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As a restauranteur, hotel executive, or healthcare facility supervisor, you pride yourself in keeping the facility well-maintained, clean, and healthy. Naturally, you pass all hospitality and food service regulations, and your permits are always up-to-date. However, maintaining the highest standards can be a lot to manage. One significant area to reconsider is the healthiness of your commercial ice machines.

Contaminated ice is the “dirty little secret” of the restaurant and hospitality industries. In fact mold, bacteria, slime and sludge are common inhabitants of many ice machines, which can pollute the ice served to your customers.


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Now...imagine if your guests knew the truth about the ice they’re consuming.

Because we don’t tend to think of ice as food, it’s easy to overlook the risks associated with ice machines. However, the FDA does define ice as food. It’s handled by your staff and ingested by your customers, and it can spread illness just as easily as other food sources.

The biggest problem is that you and your guests may not even know your ice is contaminated. It may not look, smell, or taste abnormal. Yet, the inside of your ice machine will show visible signs of dangerous microorganisms.

How Bad is the Ice Problem?

A study of ice dispensers in Las Vegas food establishments found that 33% of its ice samples “exceeded the EPA limits set for heterotrophic bacteria concentration for drinking water.” Nearly 75% were “positive for presumptive coliform bacteria presence.”

In another restaurant field test conducted by West Texas A&M University, researchers took random samples of an unprotected ice machine and found positive traces of Gram positive Bacilli, Gram negative Bacilli, C. Penicillium, spore-forming Bacilli, E. Alternaria alternata conidia and Stachybotrys.

With the risk of contamination, most ice machine manufacturers recommend cleaning their products at least four times per year. Yet even that may be too infrequent. Depending on your usage volume, the location of the machine, and the water conditions, you may need to clean your ice machine more frequently. If you have a heavily-used unit located near a cooking line, the ice machine should be cleaned monthly. This is particularly true if bread is baked on site – where yeast released into the air and reaches your ice machine, causing rampant contamination.

When was the last time your ice machines were cleaned? Do you clean your machines as frequently as you should?

If you don’t clean your machines often enough, they’re likely harboring many unhealthy molds and bacteria. In such a fast-paced environment, rigorously cleaning a commercial ice machine every month may seem too burdensome to manage. Thankfully, there’s a solution.

Ensure Clean, Healthy Ice with Bi-Polar® Ice

The Air Oasis® team is excited to announce a more effective and efficient solution: the Bi-Polar® Ice. Recently awarded the Kitchen Innovations Award by the National Restaurant Association, the Bi-Polar® Ice is a filterless ice machine solution that uses cold plasma technology to eliminate 99% of the bacteria, mold, and viruses in your unit.

The patent-pending product works by splitting water vapor into positive and negative ions and discharging them into your ice machines. The ions then attach themselves to pollutants in your unit, deactivating them and preventing them from spreading. This process keeps your ice machine free of contaminants for extended periods and keeps your ice safe to serve.

In the aforementioned West Texas A&M University study, researchers installed Bi-Polar Ice® into the contaminated ice machine. Within a week, the microbial count declined from roughly 25 microbial colonies to nearly zero (as shown in the figure below).

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Though other related products exist, they often use Ozone and UV bulbs that contain mercury and glass parts that could break and fall into your ice bin. Bi-Polar® Ice is the only non-Ozone producing ice machine sanitation system approved by the NSF. It’s also a UL-867-rated product, which ensures its electrical safety.

The Bi-Polar® Ice  not only keeps ice clean, it keeps the components of your machines clean and in better working order.. You’ll spend far less time and fewer resources cleaning your machine, and you won’t have to worry about the ice your customers are consuming.

Save Time, Money and Stress with BiPolar® Ice

Don’t wonder if the ice you’re serving your guests is contaminated with mold or bacteria. If you’re questioning it, the chances are you won’t like the answer.

Unlike other products, the Bi-Polar® Ice takes much less time to install. It does not require drilling into your machine, takes up virtually no space in your unit, and is installed directly inside your machine in a matter of minutes.

Don’t worry about health inspection failures or expensive maintenance cycles. Connect with Air Oasis today to learn how to get your Bi-Polar® Ice. It will save time, money, frustration, and fines for poor food safety.

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