Council to ban use of recycled cooking oil

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MIRI: The Miri City Council (MCC) will impose a new licensing condition which states that used cooking oil shall not be utilised and should be properly disposed of through registered collectors or a recycling company.

Miri City mayor Adam Yii said that the increasing number of coffee shops, restaurants and eateries reusing cooking oil to cook food has become a major concern.

“Proof of proper disposal shall be produced for verification upon request from public health officers.

“In order to safeguard consumer health, the council shall fix a limit for Total Polar Compounds (TPC) in edible oil at 25 percent beyond which the cooking oil shall not be used,” Yii said.

In addition, he said that the council will continue to raise awareness of food sanitation and hygiene among food providers and sellers.

Therefore, the council would like to request food eatery operators to maintain a high level of cleanliness on their premises by sanitising all eating utensils before serving food to customers.

They added that the containers used to hold the hot water should be made of metal or porcelain — not plastic.

In a statement yesterday (Oct 25), Miri City mayor Adam Yii said that the council also implemented the policy that prohibits the usage of styrofoam container for food packaging.

“The use of biodegradable paper food containers is highly encouraged. With this, the council would like to remind all food premises operators that the prohibition which has been in effect since August 25, 2017 is still enforced,” he said.

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