Scooping ice sounds like an easy task, but there are important behaviors to follow to keep ice safe and healthy for customers. It is important to make sure your ice supplies are compliant with health codes. Ice handling is serious business in the food service industry. Because ice can easily pick up bacteria or other germs, it is essential to use the proper ice scoops and holders when scooping ice. You can choose whatever size you like, but be sure to make your local health codes the top priority. If they require a plastic Saf-T-Scoop, make sure you look for the San Jamar brand. If you are instructed to use only a stainless steel scoop, be sure you avoid aluminum look-alikes.
Finally, make sure you select other ice supplies to go along with your scoop that are also health code compliant. Many health codes require the ice scoop to be stored outside of the ice bin. If bartenders or employees are constantly reaching their hands into the ice, there is a greater likelihood that germs or bacteria will transfer, which invisibly contaminates the ice. Instead, attach an ice scoop holder to the wall or to the side of the ice bin. This gives the ice scoops a place to rest and stay safely away from the potential of contaminating your ice.