New study says you just may be buying contaminated ice
Summer is here and before you head to the store to purchase packaged ice for your backyard party or for your beach cooler, the International Packaged Ice Association (IPIA) is recommending you pay particular attention this year to the type of packaged ice you purchase for your family.
Recent studies have shown that ice can become contaminated with serious foodborne bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella. The only way to completely protect your family against this risk of contaminated ice is to make sure you are buying packaged ice manufactured by a member of the IPIA. Consumers can look for the IPIA logo when purchasing packaged ice in member branded packaging and a growing number of retail private label packaging.
The IPIA label is the only way consumers can be assured the ice they are buying is safe to consume. In a study conducted by the University of Georgia in 2013, researchers found that out of the millions of pounds of packaged ice produced by retailers and vending machines, a lot of this ice could put consumers at risk.
So what should consumers look for when they are buying packaged ice? Here are a few important tips to purchasing clean, safe ice:
For more information about this study and other important facts on packaged ice, please visit safeice.org or packagedice.com.
So, as you prepare your next party or outdoor adventure with packaged ice, please look for the IPIA label to ensure you are consuming safe, clean ice.