Cold shock: E.coli bacteria found in 92 per cent ice samples in Mumbai

Mumbai: Beware before you ask for ice cubes to chill up your soft drinks, fruit or milk shakes or a favourite cocktail anywhere outside, with the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation revealing on Thursday that it found the dreaded E. coli bacteria in 92 per cent of all ice samples tested prior to the monsoon across the city. The presence of the bacteria - indicative of inferior/impure quality of water used to freeze into ice-cubes - can lead to severe gastroenteritis, diarrhea, vomiting, food poisoning and other illnesses. The samples were tested in all 24 BMC wards from ice sellers, hotels, restaurants, bars, juice stalls, dairies, sweetmeat shops, ice-gola vendors, fast food outlets, lassi sellers, etc. The development comes barely a week after bread - used widely in homes and by Mumbaikars in the form of sandwiches, 'vada-pavs', 'pav-bhaji' and other quick meals - was found to contain certain potentially carcinogenic substances.