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Food processor requires grease management case study


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Greasebeta Helps Meat Processing Plant Impress Water Authority

Northumbrian Water is reportedly “over the moon” with Tyne & Wear based meat product manufacturer SMP (GB) Ltd since the company installed a GreaseBeta system from Cleveland Biotech in April 2005, preventing its production processes polluting and blocking the public drains.

“After we received a letter from Dave Allen, Trade Effluent Compliance Manager for Northumbrian Water identifying SMP as the source of white fatty deposits that were fouling the public sewer, I went on the internet to source a solution,” explains SMP’s Factory Manager Tom Lumsden. “As a result we now have a GreaseBeta dosing unit installed in the Cook Room, injecting the discharge line from the main utensil wash sink.

“I get Northumbrian Water to come and check the line periodically and we also send off our own water samples for testing. All the results have been really, really good since installing GreaseBeta.”

SMP (GB) Ltd manufactures a range of meat products. Rounds of meat are cooked on rotating spits in the Cook Room; the meat is sliced off the spit when ready and these slices drop for collection into large stainless steel trays for further processing/packaging. All bulk surplus fats from the cooking units are collected in large plastic drums for reputable off-site disposal.

Once the meat slices have been passed to the next stage of processing the fatty trays are then washed in a stainless steel utensil sink and the hot fatty wash water is discharged into the site drainage network.

“We used to get a build up of fat and grease in the drain channels which resulted in a restricted flow. This in turn led to problems further down the line where the warm greasy water cooled and solidified. We regularly had to get the drains people to come and clear it out – for which there was a substantial charge,” explains Lumsden.

Cleveland Biotech’s ground breaking GreaseBeta is a foolproof grease management system which involves the daily, automated injection of a stable bacterial solution comprising a broad range of fat digesting bacteria. Once activated these bacteria colonise the drainage runs and network, multiplying to produce greater numbers of bacteria. These rapidly growing bacteria release a range of lipase enzymes, which digest the accumulated fats, oils and greases (FOG) in the drains.

Not only do the bacteria benefit the immediate drainage network, but they also have a positive effect on the receiving sewer network. Since they are biological (bacterial) in nature and not chemical degreasers or cleaners, they do not simply transfer the problem further down the drain lines: they eliminate it altogether.

The GreaseBeta liquid fat digester - Amnite L100 Biofluid - is dispensed via a wall mounted unit; automatic daily dosing eliminates human error and ensures the optimum level of lipase producing bacteria are maintained in the drain line.

“With all the publicity surrounding global warming and increasing pollution we were especially pleased to find an environmentally friendly response to our problem,” adds Lumsden. “I’d have no problem recommending GreaseBeta to anyone – it has definitely done the job for us.”

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