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Thursday, June 07, 2012

Packaged Ice labeling and tips for consumers

Packaged ice labels must meet FDA food labeling requirements. The labels must list the name and place of business of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor of the ice. The labels must also list the net quantity of contents of the product. Because ice is a single ingredient food, packaged ice does not need listing of ingredients. ice cube labeling In addition, ice does not require a nutrition facts label, unless the package has a nutrient content claim (such as low in sodium). But ice labeled as being from a specific source, such as spring water or artesian well water, must be truthfully labeled and not misleading; in other words, it must really be from that source. The source water must meet all the requirements for such types of source water, as described in FDA regulations. It can be shaved, cubed, nuggeted, and crushed. It can be made from tap water, from spring water, or from purified water. But no matter the shape or the source, ice is considered a food by FDA.

When FDA investigators inspect packaged ice manufacturing plants, they look at such things as:

  • Whether the plumbing in the facility prevents contamination of the ice water supply or stored ice,
  • Whether the water supply is safe and sanitary (e.g., water that meets U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards for drinking water), and
  • Whether the manufacturing facility and grounds are maintained in sanitary condition.

Tips for Consumers

  • Handle ice with clean, non-breakable utensils, such as tongs or an ice scoop.
  • Avoid touching ice with dirty hands or glasses.
  • Store ice in clean containers that are safe for storing food.

Source: http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm197586.htm

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