The ice machines are one of the hardest working machines in mass catering areas equipment and food processing areas. When the ice maker is not maintained frequently exposes to chemical and microbiological hazards.
On the surfaces of the icemaker is possible to developed various types of bacteria, viruses, yeast and fungi.
(E-coli, Enterococcus Hirae, Salmonela, Staphylococcus aureous, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Candida albicans, Giardia, Vibrio, Cryptosporidium, molds).
Presence of pollutants and scaling which can act as a medium for microorganisms.
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By the term οf biofilm is described many different types and interdependent microorganisms, many of which are difficult or impossible to isolate using standard clinical laboratory techniques.
The formation of the biofilm begins with the attachment of microorganisms to a (wet ) surface. (image 1)
Initially formed a small colony of bacteria, which gradually develops and varies in size and shape. (image 2)
After the formation of the biofilm, certain bacteria can leave from the biofilm, thus infecting new surfaces. (image 3)
The biofilm was removed quite difficult from the hidden surfaces. So it can be a constant source of pollution, if not completely removed. It has been proved that the resistance of certain bacteria in biofilms to antibiotics is increased up to 1000 times - even if they withdraw from it - compared with free living bacteria of the same species. Consumers who use ice from ice machines that have not been disinfected, usually presenting infections, gastrointestinal and urinary tract infections and in rarely cases can lead to death.
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On wet surfaces of the icemaker often created a slimy build up called biofilm. Biofilm can contain many different types of bacteria.
Presence of Biofilm found to be involved in a wide variety of microbial infections in the human body such as:
Formation of dental plaque
Urinary tract infections
Many other less common but more lethal processes
Rarely can cause even death!