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Importance of Pest Control Management for Food Safety

May 11 2019

Sanitary foodservice practices are an integral part of the manufacturing, processing, packaging, and storing of food to ensure there is no compromise on its safety and wholesomeness. Commercial pest control is one of the most important ways to protect facilities from potential dangers.

Here are 5 Types of Food Facilities That Are Prone to Pests:

  • Dry Food Facilities

These facilities consist of rice mills, flour mills, feed mills, candy production, mix plants, and seed and bean processing. On the whole, dry food facilities are prone to pests like rodents, beetles, and birds that can easily survive for long periods even without the access to water.

  • Wet or Liquid-Food Facilities

Liquid-food facilities often trap plenty of moisture. These facilities include breweries, beverage plants, bottling plants, dairies, breweries, canning facilities, and wineries. These moisture-rich facilities are perfect for pests like cockroaches and flies to survive.

  • Food Retail

Food retail consists of grocery stores, supermarkets, and bodegas. These facilities attract various types of pests like flies, cockroaches, rodents, and even birds or squirrels at times.

  • Restaurants and Food Service Facilities

Infestations in restaurants and food service facilities are not limited to food contamination. A single infestation can damage a restaurant’s reputation and can result in temporary or permanent closure. In addition, restaurants can also incur hefty fines from health departments.

  • Schools and Commercial Kitchens

Schools and commercial kitchens also have a reputation to keep up with. They are required to feed large masses while protecting them from serious health hazards posed by these pests.

Key Pests

Food facility directors need to be extra careful to ensure food items, kitchen surfaces, and cutlery remains pest-free. The urine and feces of pests spread disease and can result in respiratory problems for many people. Look out for the oriental cockroach, flies, and rodents throughout the facility.

Integrated Pest Management

To comply with FSMA, follow an Integrated Pest Management program to bring pest management professionals and facility managers together to identify pet hot spots, pest prevention procedures, and proper sanitation practices. Integrated pest management strives to eliminate sources of food, water, and shelter for pests and provides effective pest control in a sustainable manner.

Author Bio:

When people find their homes and offices infested with pests, it is not uncommon for them to panic. Raymond Web has taken the task to educate people on pest prevention and control strategies helping them keep their surroundings healthy, safe and pest-free. Being the digital marketing manager for Take Care Termite and Pest Control, in Tracy, CA, he has in-depth understanding of people and their pain points due to pests, which he efficiently uses in his content to educate people and add value to their lives.