Kitchen scoop ‘alarm’ could stop operators being flushed out by faecal ice claims

FEM has launched an ‘alarm system’ that helps protect ice scoops and enhance kitchen hygiene in the wake of the latest ‘dirty ice’ scandal.

Last month the BBC carried out tests on ice and soft drinks at multiple branches of four national pub chains and claimed all operated at least one branch where faecal bacteria levels were “too high to count”.

But FEM insists it has come to the rescue of operators with a timely device that will eliminate the problem.

The Scoop Alarm Monitor (SAM) ensures ice scoops are always kept safe and clean, by alerting staff if the scoop is not returned to its protective guard. 

The SAM is manufactured by San Jamar in the US and is part of the company’s Saf-T-Ice range. It has dual germ guards which keep knuckles and thumbs away from the ice, while its narrow chute prevents spills.

The scoop has a dedicated storage sheath, called the ‘Guardian’, which clips to the side of the ice machine or ice bin and keeps everything hygienically clean. The SAM clips to the Guardian and, if the scoop is not returned to the sheath in good time, it sounds an alarm to warn staff.

Mark Hogan, commercial director of FEM, said: “In a busy kitchen or bar, ice scoops can easily be put down and left exposed to potential contamination. The Saf-T-Ice range is designed to give the best possible ice hygiene.  SAM sets a new benchmark and, importantly, is very affordable – so any operator concerned about ice hygiene can quickly and cost effectively up their game.”

The monitor’s alarm volume is adjustable, to suit the environment’s sound levels. “The dual germ guards and dedicated storage prevent contamination – the alarm underlines the hygiene control,” added Mr Hogan.

The Scoop Alarm Monitoring System, including SAM, the Saf-T-Ice scoop and Guardian, has a list price of £119.

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