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Minister Wallace opens food surplus company in Trim

Ms Mary Wallace, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Food on a visit to Trim, Co Meath today on the occasion of the official opening of the Food Surpluses Management Ltd, complimented Mr Niall Lord and his family on the initiative shown by them in the development of innovative methods for the disposal of out of date food.

The company, which began in January 2004, identified a requirement in the market place - that being a facility for the recovery and recycling of out-of-date food products. The company processes this waste material by de-packaging the food, freezing it and re-selling the bulk product to animal feed manufacturers and the biofuel industry. The company has experienced rapid growth in the last three years to the point that it now provides valuable employment for almost thirty people in the locality.

Minister Wallace referred to the return in confidence among the citizens of Europe about the safety of food and feed manufactured within the EU following the strengthening of legislation governing operations by food and feed business operators. The introduction of compulsory registration for all operators involved in the food and feed business, be they manufacturers, importers, hauliers or retailers; the implementation of the HACCP methodology in all food and feed premises; and more focused compliance verification inspections by competent authorities all have led to this renewed confidence.

"However," said Minister Wallace, "critical to the continued safe use of food is the efficient and professional disposal of unwanted food and it is here where Food Surplus Managements are industry leaders".

The real benefits of the facility being provided by FSM, which is the collection of out dated meat products, dairy products, soft drinks and their associated packaging, are that it offers food business operators such as supermarkets, restaurants, food distributors and wholesalers an environmentally friendly and economically useful way of disposing of perishable and out of date food. This facility is fully compatible with the Department's aims of ensuring safe food and feed chains as well as developing an indigenous biofuels industry.

The company has plans to open further recycling facilities and pet food manufacturing facilities across the country in the not too distant future. The Minister wished them well in their ventures and formally congratulated the Lord family and the employees before she officially opened the premises.

18 May 2007

Date Released: 18 May 2007