Pest control is really challenging in every food processing facility. Due to the abundance of food items, ideal temperature, and moisture conditions, different harborage sites and extended business hours, some conducive conditions are created that allow pest infestation to thrive. Maintaining a clean and safe site needs the facility managers to be completely aware of all the challenges as well as to be ready enough to face the challenges.
The Food Processing and Handling industry demand some uncompromising standards in the field of safety and hygiene. It is because, even a small pest infestation can lead to serious contamination and this as a result, the total unit can shut down. On the contrary, an unreliable pest controller can lead to further harm by using different types of unproven methods and hazardous chemicals and this thing then results in non-compliance of the safety and quality regulations. Therefore, it actually becomes fundamental to have an effective and reliable pest control program.
But before we discuss the importance of a good pest control program in controlling the pests, it is important to be aware of the reasons why pest controlling is important in the food handling units.
In the field of food processing, the facility managers have a really long list of standards, which need to be met and pest control is one such standard. But the health issues that the insects can cause, demand that pest control should be a major priority in all the food facilities. There are a number of insects that directly carry different types of disease-causing pathogens, which are therefore passed to the food items through their saliva and feces.
Here Are The Pests That Work As A True Example Of Danger.
- Cockroaches: These are some of the toughest insects to control and these are also known for spreading at least 33 types of bacteria, seven different types of human pathogens and six types of parasitic worms.
- Filth-Flies: These flies are known for spreading over 65 types of human diseases including Staph, E. coli and different types of food poisoning. These flies are feed by repeating both the stomach and saliva contents onto the intended meal. Then these flies consume the former contents as well as the newly dissolved food items.
Apart from the above mentioned two types, there are some other insects that can also be processed accidentally into the food items. In this situation, proper pest management can help the processors to avoid rampant pest infestations and foodborne illnesses.
Now Let’s Have A Look At Why It Is Important To Call The Professionals To Do The Pest Control:
To make sure that the pest management facility that you have chosen is passing inspections and meeting regulations, it is necessary that the facility remains under the care of a trained expert. The most important attribute of an expert pest controller operating in food handling unit is that he/she needs to be certified with different regulatory bodies in this field like FSSA, HACCP, ISO 22000:2005, FSMS, AIB, BRC, and OSHA. Here-come The Details Of These Bodies:
- FSSA or Food Safety and Standards Authority Of India and Act: FSSA is mainly created for laying down the science-based standards for different food items and also to regulate the details of the food items like manufacture, distribution, storage, import and sale to make sure the availability of wholesome and safe food items for the purpose of human consumption.
- HACCP or Hazard analysis critical Control Point: This is basically a preventive and systematic approach of food safety from the physical, chemical and biological hazards in the production procedures, which can lead the finished product to be unsafe. With this approach, a measurement is designed that can decrease the risks to a safe level.
- ISO 22000:2005: This specifies the necessity for the food safety management system where an organization operating in the food chain has to demonstrate the ability to control all the food safety hazards to make sure that the food items remain safe during the time of human consumption.
- FSMS or Food Safety Management System: This system mainly tracks the changes in the food security situations of people. The main aim of this system is to alert all the humanitarian community while any situation deteriorates and also to make sure that proper assistance can be offered in an appropriate and timely manner.
- AIB or American Institute Of Bakery: It mainly empowers clients across the globe to elevate food safety and the capabilities of the production process by building up and delivering proper application oriented learning, consulting and also value-added services. The main aim of this body is to offer food safety support on the basis of the manufacturing, packaging, and distribution of different food and beverage.
- BRC or British Retail Consortium: BRC mainly produces standards that the manufacturers need to comply with strongly in various product areas like as food, consumer products, and packaging.
- OSHA or Occupational Safety and Health Administration: OSHA mainly grants the authority to issue the health and safety regulations of different workplaces, which include: employee access to different hazard information, limits on different hazardous chemical exposure, necessity of using any personal protective equipment and the necessity to prevent falls and hazards from using dangerous equipment.
So, whether you choose a contracted professional or an in-house staff member, the PMP or the Pest Management Professional should be an integrated member of the food safety team and should also have complete knowledge about the prerequisite programs, approved product lists, manufacturing practices and the sanitation programs of the food plants. It is because all these things are important to be successful in the pest management program. Access to all those areas, which are generally restricted or locked, is also vital as these areas often offer a conducive environment for pest infestations.
Here Are The Benefits That You Can Get By Choosing The Experts:
- The expert Pest Management Professionals are well aware of the latest pest control products as well as application procedures to offer the best pest control program.
- The experts always remain fully equipped to implement integrated pest management programs successfully, with special importance on the observance of the food safety norms.
- The professionals are well aware of the stringent demands of safety, hygiene, and quality in the industry of food processing and handling. Therefore, they offer a customized pest management solution for the sensitive environments of different food processing and handling facilities.
- In some cases, regulatory or production changes can also affect a pest control program a lot. The professional pest controllers are well aware of these changes and therefore they can communicate these effectively to the team members.