Alert! Ice cubes in HCMC are dirty

By Luong Ngoc, Thanh Nien News

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A self-modified three-wheel vehicle is on the way to carry bags of ice cubes to restaurants and cafés in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Diep Duc Minh A self-modified three-wheel vehicle is on the way to carry bags of ice cubes to restaurants and cafés in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Diep Duc Minh

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More than half of the samples of ice taken from producers in Ho Chi Minh City had various kinds of bacteria including E.coli, according to the city’s Food Safety Agency.
“The quality of ice is alarming,” Huynh Le Thai Hoa, head of the agency, said at a seminar Wednesday.
“Twelve out of 22 samples had E.coli, faecal streptococci, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.”
These bacteria can cause a variety of diseases, from diarrhea to pneumonia, according to doctors.
Nguyen Thi Huynh Mai, deputy head of the agency, said while 114 out of 193 ice-producing plants in the city use water taken from wells, 64 of them do not do the mandatory microorganism tests.
Around 500 metric tons of ice are consumed in the city every day at restaurants and cafés.

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