Packaged Ice Quality Control Standards “PIQCS”

IPIA | International Packaged Ice Association, Ice Is Food!

Sets the standard for Ice Safety and Quality! ICE IS FOOD.

Due to the lack of any specific federal or state packaged ice manufacturing standards or regulations, in 1998, IPIA members made the decision to self-regulate and PIQCS was adopted as a requirement of membership. Mandatory third-party conducted inspections of each member’s manufacturing facilities began in 2002. IPIA logos received a collective trademark (meeting certification standards) in 2005.

PIQCS includes:

  • Personnel Hygiene, Food Safety Training and Best Practices
  • Plant and Grounds Standards, Food grade contact surfaces documented
  • Sanitary Operations of Facilities, Equipment and Utensils
  • All Pre-Requisites to HACCP, i.e. Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures
  • EPA Drinking Water Standards, Master Maintenance Plan
  • Bacteriological testing of the finished product
  • Pest Control Program, Documented and Implemented
  • Food Security and Crisis Management Procedures
  • Supervision and Record Keeping Program including Recall Plan, In-house self-audits, and Mock Recalls.
  • Date/Lot Coding of packaging for Traceability
  • Warehouse and Distribution standards

PIQCS is fully compliant to FSMA and inspected to such in 2018.

Members log-in to Member’s area to Download Audit Manual, PIQCS manual, Audit Request Application, and/or Self-Audit Form.