Oh my, you’re wondering what’s so great about an ice chipping machine?  Okay, I’ll tell you.  Recently while out with a friend taking pictures I pushed my camera at him and asked him to snap a few shots of an ice machine I saw being used in a small dark and dirty soi.  Something had caught my eye.

Canon 5d Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8L USM  @F8  1/80th  70mm  ISO 400

Oh my, you’re wondering what’s so great about an ice chipping machine?  Okay, I’ll tell you.  Recently while out with a friend taking pictures I pushed my camera at him and asked him to snap a few shots of an ice machine I saw being used in a small dark and dirty soi.  Something had caught my eye.

It wasn’t just that the ice cubes sitting on the dirty ground were being lifted into the machine by an equally dirty guy, or the finished processed ice was being emptied into an equally dirty laundry basket. That was part of it.  Let’s take a closer look.

 

Anyone care to think what viruses and bacteria black mold can carry other than Legionnaires’ Disease, Influenza, MRSA’s, Foot and Mouth Disease, Avian Influenza, and the plague?  Itemizing the full list will keep you busy for months.

Canon 5d Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8L USM  @F8  1/80th  70mm  ISO 400

Anyone care to think what viruses and bacteria black mold can carry other than Legionnaires’ Disease, Influenza, MRSA’s, Foot and Mouth Disease, Avian Influenza, and the plague?  Itemizing the full list will keep you busy for months.

At first you’d think.. “well, they’ll use the ice for keeping fish cold” and you’d be partly right.  This won’t keep such viruses from being passed on through the fish though.  And it might make your stomach churn a bit when you see one of these baskets of ice being carried into the same place you just ordered a coke and ice from..

 

The Feature Photo is significant because it shows you how paying attention to your environment can reveal such significant finds.  Usually, a few hundred people being sick with diarrhea in Thailand doesn’t get much mention, much less the health department looking into things.  But this breeding environment for the worst viruses could just as easily be a much more serious public health risk.

Canon 5d Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8L USM  @F8  1/125th  70mm  ISO 400

The Feature Photo is significant because it shows you how paying attention to your environment can reveal such significant finds.  Usually, a few hundred people being sick with diarrhea in Thailand doesn’t get much mention, much less the health department looking into things.  But this breeding environment for the worst viruses could just as easily be a much more serious public health risk.

Looking at the thick live black mold sticking to the out chute and ice rushing over it, you’d think “Why doesn’t someone just clean it..”  Probably because cleaning doesn’t result in a profit.  No one cares enough about the food they serve to their customers to ensure health standards are meant.  They don’t care because they’re not held liable.  Not civilly and not criminally.  They don’t care because the average consumer hasn’t learned to care. 

At the very least think about this next time you ask for ice..  I assure you, this machine is not the exception.  If you read on the subject, dirty ice accounts for a good portion of the food poisonings and other serious ills which inconvenience travelers across the world.  Drink it warm if you must.