Pest and Vermin Management in Food Handling

Pest management and control for supermarkets, schools, health care facilities, restaurants, eateries, and hotels have special considerations because their businesses that involve handling food.

When discussing food handling, pest and vermin management companies are required to follow high standards administered by government agencies. Australian sanitation rules and standards governed by an Environmental Health Officer (EHO) are there for the protection of the people.

 

What Businesses Are Considered Food Handling?

Vermin_and_Pests_Management_ServicesExactly what deems a facility a food handling establishment? They are defined as a place or area in which food is held, handled, processed, prepared, or cooked and served. When we say ‘held,’ this simply means the storage area that food is temporarily held at during the shipping process or before being prepared. These places include eateries, pubs, restaurants, bakeries, grocery stores, supermarkets, and school cafeterias, just to name a few. All these institutions must comply strictly with the laws and regulations.

Typically the government agencies involved will conduct both scheduled and random inspections. It is an immediate violation if food products or equipment contain questionable or distasteful foreign matter (such as insects or rat droppings).

Possible legal action can be filed against the company or even the pest and vermin management firm which services the company in question. If pests are found to be the direct source of corruption, then the government will file a lawsuit. If upon inspection and testing any contaminants are discovered, the product or equipment will be deemed tainted. However, it is nearly impossible to achieve an absolute zero rating of pest contamination.

Pesticide Corruption in Food:

Pesticide corruption will not be tolerated. If pest management operations contaminate any food preparation areas, surfaces and other materials used for food handling they will be held liable.

Meat Packing Pest and Vermin Management:

Virtually, pest and vermin management technicians must ensure that pesticides are applied in such a way that no residues will be anywhere near or on food/product, packaging or any food prep equipment. Those establishments involved in meat, poultry, egg and other poultry products are required to operate under stern and severe rules. Australias government agencies normally inspect these establishments more often because of this.

Most Common Pests Found in Food Handling Facilities:

Pest_and_Vermin_Management_of_Rat_InfestationWhat are pests and vermin typically discovered in a food handling facility in Australia? These pests can include cockroaches, rodents (such as mice and rats), fruit flies, a variety of fly species and insects found in storage units and stored products. They are usually discovered in the meat & seafood department, restaurants, sweets, and pastry counters, delicatessen sections, food aisles, food trash bins, fruit and vegetable sections to mention a few.

Sanitation is the most vital consideration of pest and vermin management control in any food processing facilities. Food handling establishments are subjected to scheduled or random sanitation inspections. Pest management providers should always be on the lookout and aware of issues and problem areas of the institutions.

Pest and vermin management technicians must conduct routine inspections. They also deal with communication between Pest Daddy and the plant manager regarding issues and challenges. This way necessary corrective measures are taken before a regulatory inspection is conducted. This step will also help you avoid serious problems like receiving complaints from customers or clients.

Our Vermin Management Technicians Inspect the Exterior and Interior:

• Objects directly stored on the ground are at risk. Pest and vermin management technicians will look underneath any stored objects for a possible habitation of vermin.

• They will monitor how trash is controlled in garbage rooms, garbage bins (including storage chambers), containers, and any additional cleaning techniques. They will inform the operations manager to ensure that waste is properly disposed and rooms and containers are cleaned immediately.

• Walls, floors, and ceilings. Pest and vermin management need to inform the facilities staff if there are cracks on floors and along the walls. These crannies are perfect places for insects and pests. Leaking from ceilings must be corrected quickly.

• Ensure that the precise drains are being used. Pests thrive in and around drainage areas so waste must be well maintained.

Rodent and insect control around the perimeters of the property.

• Rodent, insect and bird proofing of the facility.

• Elevators and elevator shafts can fill up with unexpected vermin.

• Floor drains must be thoroughly cleaned and free of any clogs.

• Plumbing.

• Lighting.

• Keeping your doors closed will also help. Do the staff or personnel observe a strict door closing policy?

• Ample storage space is needed. Check on storage practices. Food items are required to be stored in air sealed containers.

• The segregation of any damaged area must be taken care of correctly.

• Any food preparation areas should be examined with the utmost scrutiny. Always ensure cleanliness.

• Equipment used for food processing and preparation should also be cautiously dealt with.

• Check on the appliances, underneath and behind them. Ensuring cleanliness is key.

• Last but not least, are their restrooms spic and span?

For food preparation and distribution establishments all throughout Australia, government regulations are more stringent. No stone must be left unturned when our health and our lives are on the line. Call Pest Daddy today to book a consultation for your home or business.