For several months now, Robert Almblad has been widely promoting that the major ice machine manufacturers – Scotsman Ice, Manitowoc and Hoshizaki – are in blatant violation of FDA Food Code and that their ice machines are unsafe for the consumer. It was recently confirmed that Almblad has even filed a complaint regarding this violation with the FDA.
Concurrently, Almblad has been trying to get NSF International, an organization which provides certification standards for numerous consumer products, including ice machines, to incorporate a specific portion of the FDA Food Code dealing with ice machines into their certification standards.
This dual strategy appears aimed at a single goal: to gain a tactical advantage over ice machine manufactures so as to back them into a corner and force them to use his HEPA-filter technology in order to obtain NSF certification and/or avoid enforcement actions against them by the FDA.
Well it gets even wilder than that.
We have just found out that Almblad is now pushing a new angle to supplement this strategy. He is now trying to force the ice machine manufactures to install an “RFID [Radio Frequency IDentification] Reader” on every one of their ice machines at a cost of about $40 per chip. Almblad will then put a matching RFID chip into his special HEPA-filter so that only his filter will work with these ice machines.
What this means is that if an owner tries to use a filter without Almblad’s special chip, the ice machine simply stops working. And to ensure a continuous income stream from the sale of filters, a “proprietary electronic timer” will shut the ice machine down when the filter gets dirty in about 30 days and will not make ice again until a new Almblad filter is installed.
As unbelievable as this all sounds, it’s completely real. See for yourself. Almbald’s proposal is posted on the NSF International website at:
A highlighted version noting the comments about the RFID is posted here for your convenience.
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Note that this proposal is to be further discussed at a publicly accessible teleconference on Tuesday, February 28th, 10:00am to 12:00pm ET. For more information see:
And as an aside, we got a chuckle out of just how far Almblad goes in his letter to NSF International to make it appear that he and the ice machine manufacturers are best of friends.
Here’s hoping they don’t end the same as the trail of other scammed investors, ex-employees and creditors who Almblad still considers his “friends”!