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What do you do with a container load of spoilt meat?

What do you do with a container load of spoilt meat?

Posted on May 22nd, 2017

Your business imports meat or other foods. For reasons outside of your control you may find yourself needing to dispose of a container load of spoilt meat because the contents:

  • have passed their sell by or use by date
  • there is missing paperwork
  • are visually imperfect
  • damage on the packaging
  • are spoilt, mouldy or decomposing

The Port Authority has informed you that it is seizing the cargo. As we all know, the reason we then destroy the spoilt or seized goods is because they may not be fit for human consumption or for any other food process and public health must be the highest priority.

Now you have the problem of rising storage costs. The cost of lost product. A container load of spoilt meat that needs a specialist waste disposal company to remove and process the waste in the most efficient and compliant manner.

What should you do next?

You now need to find a company that has the relevant permits and licences to transport and process the spoilt goods.

The type of waste will also dictate the permits or licences the waste management company will need. For example Category 1 & 2 ABP requires incineration or processing followed by incineration.

What to look for in a waste management supplier:

Our recommendation is to find a company that owns and operates its own ADR compliant fleet and drivers, along with its own processing facilities that comply with national and local legislation.

Other considerations:

There are number of questions that we see arise on a regular basis:

  • have you got the release documentation?
  • are the goods dockside or landside?
  • is the container accessible?
  • Does the site know the waste management company?

If you are unsure on any of these it is likely that there will be a delay in being able to collect and process the waste leading to further increases to your costs. An experienced waste management supplier should be able to guide and assist in overcoming these types of queries before you experience a significant delay.

It’s not only rotten meat that ends up going through our incineration process

As a specialist waste company Novus Environmental has helped many clients with spoilt and contaminated goods. For example, the latest cargo included items as diverse as vermicelli, hot pot seasoning, cinnamon and fragrant sand.

An example of the work conducted by Novus Environmental

One of the more odorous jobs we collected a 40ft container of topside beef that the importer was bringing from outside of the EU. The freezer in the container was malfunctioning. Therefore, the meat had spoilt and Port Health had to seize the container; collection was challenging as the beef had defrosted; associated liquids were leaking from the container making it unsafe to simply transport. The solution we opted for was to re-freeze the container and transport it to our waste management site in Cambridgeshire. The waste was then defrosted and incinerated in line with legislation on ABP. The container was cleaned and returned to the client. This is just one example of where we have dealt with spoilt goods through our Cambridgeshire waste processing site.

In conclusion

You will need to find a specialist waste management company in the event that Port Health seizes your goods. It is important that the waste management company you choose has the relevant permits and licences. We also recommend that it owns its own fleet and treatment facilities. The Port Authority should know the company making the collection and the collecting company has experience of dealing with a wide range of waste materials.

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