N. Ireland restaurants get ready for introduction of New Food Regulations
1st April 2016 saw the introduction into law for most Catering Waste Producers in N. Ireland to implement a series of measures in order to comply with the new Food Waste Regulations (N. Ireland) 2015.
One key requirement within the regulations is that all segregated food waste that is separately presented must also be separately collected for recycling at a registered recovery plant.
Restaurant kitchen wet waste food traps or grease traps should only be emptied into sealed food waste tankers or containers and not re-mixed with other categories of waste once separated.
The waste food must then be sent for recycling at a registered waste food recovery plant. Any food waste that is later found to be improperly disposed off could be traced back to the restaurant operator.
It will also be necessary for the food operator to retain their duty of care documentation for a minimum of 2 years so that they may demonstrate compliance to local authority food hygiene rating inspectors upon request.
In addition, the proposed new Food Hygiene Regulations set for implementation on 1st Oct 2016 may interpret the absence of a food trap in the kitchen drain-line as evidence of defective structural drainage facilities and/or a failure to meet HACCP prerequisite criteria, contributing to a mark down on “Score on the Door”