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The NBC CT Troubleshooters were given some gross pictures of commercial ice machines by a source in the industry. We were told black slime, mold and other kinds of contaminants cover the machines that dispense your ice at fast food restaurants and other eateries. Our insider says it's caused from a lack of proper maintenance on the machines. We used our hidden camera and took a closer look at food handling practices in Connecticut and what we found was disturbing. Often times, food service employees DO NOT treat ice as food. The story has created a buzz in the food industry and with the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF certifies ice machines for use in restaurants). In its most recent meeting the NSF discussed looking at ice machines that apparently violate NSF regulations and the FDA Food Code by sucking air and microorganisms from the floor drain (and other places) into the ice bin. This air flow defect was newly discovered and is probably the source of much of the contamination in ice machines we found in our investigation.