Eat at your own risk: Soil buildup, sticky substance found on soda machines

Several restaurants made this week's dirty list for improperly cleaned soda machines.

PHOENIX - Every week it is common to see reports of soda and ice machines with red and pink residue. The restaurants get written up.

We asked the Maricopa County Environmental Health Services about the issue.

For restaurant reports:

"As a consumer, if you were to look underneath you would probably see something if there is an issue," said Jon Tran, an environmental health specialist. "It's usually just organic growth that we find in different beverage expensing systems."

In the last week there were several instances of sticky nozzles listed on the county's website.

Some examples:

At Loco Patron in Scottsdale, “a soda gun was observed with an accumulation of a sticky substance.” 

At Flickas Baja Cantina in Scottsdale, a “soda nozzle was observed with soil buildup.”

At the Hilton Garden Inn – Phoenix Airport, the “ice machine deflector plate had a buildup of pink/red slimy debris.”

It is important to note these are not priority violations. They are core violations, meaning the violation is less serious and usually not associated with foodborne illness.

The county says it's very easy for buildup to occur, it can happen in the same day. Tran said they recommend soda machines be cleaned every 24 hours.

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