Pests in Food
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The food and beverage processing industries are under the constant scrutiny of regulatory agencies, certification bodies, and third-party auditors. And the trend is toward increased regulatory oversight and the adoption of more rigorous, globally accepted food safety and quality standards. Are you ready?
Rentokil Steritech delivers a level of pest protection that consistently withstands the rigorous scrutiny of government regulation and third-party audits, including GFSI audits such as SQF, BRC, and FSSC2000. We'll put highly trained, certified professionals in your facility, and utilize innovative techniques and the latest equipment to ensure your facility is pest-free. In addition, Rentokil Steritech's platform provides sophisticated reporting and documentation capabilities to address even the most stringent audit needs.
Couple together Rentokil Steritech's unparalleled service quality and documentation, and you can be sure that you will pass the pest control portion of your audits – every time.
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In addition to your own high quality standards, your processing operation is responsible to regulatory agencies and third-party auditors. Bacteria-spreading pests have no place in your operation. As part of Rentokil Steritech's program, our core pest package targets the culprits most likely to infest food processing facilities: cockroaches, ants, rats, and mice.
Based on a detailed evaluation of your facility, Rentokil Steritech will design a program to meet your needs, taking into account factors such as structural integrity, environmental pest pressures, and potential for activity. We'll back that service up with the industry's most bulletproof documentation and reporting package, using our proprietary data capture software. Combined, it's a system that ensures you'll pass every audit, every time.
The types of pests you might find can depend on a variety of factors. Learn what insects you might be seeing U.S.
Any ants in food processing facilities have the potential to contaminate products, but certain species can pose additional concerns. Stinging fire ants can be a danger to your employees and visitors, while difficult–to–eliminate hairy crazy ants and electric unit-infesting Pharaoh ants can disrupt operations by appearing in widespread numbers or short-circuiting expensive equipment and machinery.
Rentokil Steritech has developed specialized protocols to combat these atypical species, addressing the unique concerns posed by these pests. With targeted programs focused on eliminating any current infestations and regular service to help deter future issues, Rentokil Steritech is here to help protect your people and your property.
Large buildings with safe areas to roost and the potential availability of food make food processing facilities attractive environments for birds. And while birds may seem harmless, their droppings and feathers can carry and transmit over 60 diseases. The presence of birds is a serious health and safety concern – they can compromise air quality, damage equipment and your building, contaminate products, and create an unsightly mess.
In fact, the mere presence of birds can be cause for audit failure or inspection, leading to shutdowns and lost revenue. The mess they leave behind can also be costly to clean up. Rentokil Steritech's Integrated Bird Management Program safely and humanely solves nuisance bird issues through an innovative and comprehensive solution of trapping, removal, and targeted exclusion techniques, focusing on the areas of your food processing environment most susceptible to bird activity.
Certain pests can create issues for food processing facilities based on season, geography, or environment. This group of occasional invader pests, which includes crickets, earwigs, roly-poly bugs, millipedes, and centipedes, although less common, can be a significant product contamination threat and cause for deduction in audits.
Rentokil Steritech has designed specialized protocols to service for occasional invaders, focusing on the specific pests' unique biology and behavioral traits to treat and eliminate them. Beginning with a detailed inspection both on the exterior and interior, Rentokil Steritech will devise a customized program to address the occasional invader concern at your facility – keeping your establishment free of pests and your products safe.
For food processors, flies are more than a nuisance – they are a threat to public health and a serious business risk. Efficient vectors of disease, flies spread germs wherever they land. They can transmit dangerous bacteria such as Shigella, Salmonella and E. coli and contaminate product and production surfaces. Because of this, auditors are especially tough on fly issues, and their presence can result in costly production shutdowns, fines and loss of business.
Rentokil Steritech begins on the exterior of your facility with a detailed environmental analysis to determine your facility's unique fly pressures. A comprehensive fly baiting program to target fly hot spots, such as dumpster areas, to kill flies before they have a chance to invade your facility. Additional barriers are created along fence lines with effective lures, such as bag traps, to capture flies on the move. Rentokil Steritech also offers advanced solutions such as parasitoid insect programs. On the interior, we'll install appropriate insect light traps to draw flies away from critical production areas. With Rentokil Steritech, you'll have a complete solution that complements your existing pest prevention programs and keeps your facility audit-ready at all times.
Facilities that handle dried foods and grains can be the target of stored product insect infestations. These pests can feed on any number of products, including pet food, birdseed, dried fruits, chocolate and flour and grain products, causing contamination issues and making you susceptible to lost business.
To address stored product insect issues such as Indian meal moths, warehouse beetles, almond moths and red and confused flour beetles, Rentokil Steritech has developed targeted service protocols. Your Service Specialist will conduct a detailed inspection, focusing on production and storage areas. Then, we'll physically remove any infestations we uncover, apply residual products and insect growth regulators to provide lasting protection, and install special pheromone monitors to alert us to the potential for new activity.
In addition, your Service Specialist will work with your staff to educate them on how to prevent issues from recurring, building an impervious defense against stored product insects at your facility.
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