- Mumbai’s civic public health department has found ice samples served at restaurants and eateries across the city contaminated with E.coli microbes.
- A total of 948 samples of ice were collected, of which 870—or 92 %—were found to be contaminated.
“We conducted a survey in March and April and found that 67% and 72% ice samples respectively were contaminated,” said Dr Padmaja Keskar, civic executive health officer. The only silver lining is that a similar survey conducted just before last year’s monsoon found that 92% of the ice samples were contaminated.
E.coli can cause diarrhea and gastroenteritis. Ice is transported from ice factories in an unhygienic manner, leading to contamination.
The BMC has also written to the the state Food and Drug Administration to take action against vendors and eateries that serve contaminated ice.