We learn in online food safety courses that grease causes health risks by attracting pests such as rodents, cockroaches and fruit flies, and greasy areas in your restaurant breed bacteria that potentially finds its way into prepared dishes. While wiping down counters and keeping grease traps empty in deep fryers and grills goes a long way towards reducing risk, there is an often overlooked part of grease control that must be taken care of.
Proper Maintenance of Restaurant Grease Traps
Many food production facilities have a grease trap located out of sight that prevents grease from entering the waste water system. It is important to make sure that it is properly cleaned and maintained. Ignoring this safety device can cause hazards such as:
- Sewage backups
- Slow drainage
- Pest infestations
An improperly maintained grease trap eventually prevents wastewater from entering the sewage system. This causes your drain to run slowly, and could cause contaminated water to back up into your facility. A sewage backup digs into your profit margin as a plumber must be called in, product exposed to contaminated wastewater must be disposed of and you might be forced to close your doors while the problem is resolved.
Excess grease increases the risk that insects and other unsanitary pests find their way into your facility, and if your grease trap becomes clogged, fruit flies could propagate in your drainage system before you’re even aware of a problem.
We need to note that grease that collects in these traps must be disposed of properly. Many local sources offer grease collection services. They properly recycle collected grease for you, and some companies may even pay you for the grease you collect over time depending on the amount and quality of your grease.
Grease control is only one topic covered in an online food safety course. Are there any other topic that you’d like us to expand on in the future?