INSPECT ICE PLANTS
Section I. SANITATION STANDARDS FROM AR 40-5
The widespread use of ice for drinks and for refrigerating foods makes it a
possible vehicle for the transmission of disease. AR 40-15 sets sanitary standards
for the manufacture of ice. As a PVNTMED specialist (91S), you will conduct
sanitary inspections of ice plants during your career in the Army. You must be
thoroughly familiar with the requirements stated in AR 40-5 and be aware of health
hazards involved in ice manufacture.
SANITARY STANDARDS FOR ICE PLANTS FROM AR 40-5
a. It is essential that the PVNTMED specialist (91S) know these standards.
The section of AR 40-5 containing standards for ice plants are presented below.
b. AR 40-5 states these standards for the manufacture of ice (Appendix F,
Ice Manufacture Sanitation).
(1) F-1. General. Waterborne disease can be transmitted by water,
beverages, and raw food cooled by direct contact with contaminated ice.
Contamination may occur through use of contaminated water, or through unsanitary
manufacturing, storing, transporting, or handling practices.
(2) F-2. Requirements. The list below includes the minimum sanitary
requirements for Army and commercial ice plants engaged in the manufacture,
storage, and transport of ice intended for use by personnel under Army jurisdiction.
(a) Only potable water will be used in all phases of ice manufacture.
This will include submersion or ice can spraying for cake removal and cleaning of ice
cakes and ice contact surfaces.
(b) Cross connections between potable and nonpotable water
systems are prohibited. Plumbing installation will be according to the requirements
of the current National Standard Plumbing Code or local jurisdiction plumbing code,
whichever is stricter.