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The quality of commercial ice has been investigated by examination of physical, chemical characteristics. Targetsamples were those which were used in food in retail businesses such as Fruit juices, cold drinks, hotels etc for direct human consumption. A total of 10 Samples were collected from the transported vehicles which carry ice from manufacturing plants to the retail businesses and were analyzed for pH, Electrical Conductivity, Total Hardness, Total Dissolved Solids, Calcium, Magnesium, Chloride, Sulphate, and Phosphate. Comparison of the above obtained results with that of the Drinking Water Standards thus provides information to assess the risk of Commercial Ice to people’s health. The results revealed that concentration of most of the ions are within the permissible limits making the ice unobjectionable for humans intake, however, unlike groundwater, ice is not consumed in quantities to represent a significant threat to personal or public health.

Characterization; commercial ice; Physico-chemical parameters
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