Food Safety: Importance of Commercial Pest Management Service

Food Safety: Importance of Commercial Pest Management Service

Like all living beings that are drawn to places that provide food and shelter, pests are also drawn to food establishments as they make an excellent environment for the species’ survival. While this natural law may seem harmless, commercial pest control is critical because pests pose a considerable amount of risk to any establishment.

Inadequate pest control can result in pest infestation and cause major health risks to everyone involved in the food establishment, including their patrons. Not only that, but it will also lead to regulatory actions, significant product loss, as well as a public relations nightmare. More importantly, it can ruin the business’ reputation.

Instead of letting this happen to your F&B business, why not invest some of your capital in commercial pest management services? After all, pest management for food safety is likely to reduce the threat of product loss and enhance customer satisfaction and brand reputation.

In this article, we will share the types of pests that can pose a threat to your F&B business and how AntiPest’ integrated pest management programme can help tackle the threats posed.

Types of pests

There are several types of pests that can pose a risk to human health as well as the commercial viability of your business. These include:

  • RodentsRodents can do more harm than any other pests as they tend to gnaw, feed, and breed in locations where food processing is done. On top of that, they can chew on electrical wires, contaminate your foodstuff, mess up your surroundings, and spread fatal diseases, making their presence a total abomination to humankind.
  • Cockroaches – Like rodents, cockroaches are vectors of several bacterial species like Salmonella and E. coli. Living mostly in the dark, cockroaches can multiply quickly, live up to a year, and survive without food for 30 days. Not only that, but cockroaches can also induce allergies in some people.
  • FliesFlies are difficult to control and tend to multiply during warm weather. As they thrive on trash receptacles, flies are responsible for causing diseases like food poisoning, typhoid fever, etc. On top of that, flies can contaminate foodstuff and packaging materials.
  • Beetles – Categorised as stored product insects, beetles like flour mites and weevils can contaminate foodstuff with insect pupae, shed skins, faeces, body parts, and webbing, resulting in wastage of raw materials.
  • Moths – Indian Meal Moths tend to reside and reproduce indoors and are often found in kitchens, food stores, and industrial food processing plants. Since they feed on any items containing grain or cereal products, this moth species is responsible for many of the insect problems in the food industry.

How does Integrated Pest Management help?

Integrated pest management (IPM) is an environmentally responsible approach to commercial pest control that emphasises non-chemical control techniques such as sanitation and facility maintenance to help prevent pest infestation.

It isn’t a single pest control method but rather a series of pest management evaluations, decisions, and controls. By employing IPM for food safety, commercial pest control experts like AntiPest typically follow the steps listed below:

Step 1: Inspection

Before we carry out any pest control treatment in your food establishment, our surveyor will thoroughly inspect your structure and then submit a survey report to us.

Step 2: Identification

Using the survey report, we will identify visible signs of pests, signs of past or present damage in the property, and/or conditions conducive for pest infestation that may attract pests to your premises.

Step 3: Treatment

Once we have identified the pest(s), we will carry out the necessary treatment using the latest techniques and chemicals, which have been approved by the pesticide board, in all the identified areas.

Step 4: Communication

This is the most important step in our pest management approach. Once the initial treatment is completed, our technician will submit a report containing the 3 items below:

  • What was found during his inspection
  • What was done to correct/minimise the situation
  • Advice on how to maintain/improve the situation

Step 5: Documentation

Once the steps above have been conducted, AntiPest will compile a special Pest Alert file for easy reference during an audit and when further action is needed. The contents of the file will be updated regularly.

To ensure that your IPM programme reaches its potential, approach your relationship with your commercial pest management service provider as a partnership. After all, communication is key to effective pest management for food safety .

At AntiPest, we advocate the use of IPM to help prevent pest infestations before they start. You can rest assured that our Pest Alert System Approach meets HACCP standards because we are one of the professional pest control companies in Malaysia. For your commercial pest control needs, visit https://www.antipest.com.my/index.php or contact us at 03-80231888.

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