Pest Control In The Foods And Beverages Industry

It is generally assumed that the pest control industry applies a lot of chemicals when in fact they don’t. According to Rentokil Steritech that has been conducting sanitation inspections since 1995, effective pest prevention program is possible if the facility has an appropriate sanitation program and good housekeeping practices.

When pest problems surface, pest control technicians review the conditions in the plant and often find missing door sweeps and unfilled cracks and crevices to the outside. Sometimes, a review of existing sanitation practices is a better solution than chemical fogging. When you see insects emerging from a drain on the floor, a better remedy will be to increase drain cleaning than using insecticide.

The good news however, is plant personnel in the food industry has become more serious with sanitation practices because of stricter food safety regulations. The progression has gone from traditional pest control and pest management to preventive measures or proactive approach.

In the food and beverage industry, natural and organic tags are desirable and attractive to consumers. Organic products are appealing because of the promise of chemical-free formulation and processing. Food activists want mainstream food companies to follow the same organic approach by condemning preservatives like benzoic acid and sorbate. However, buyers are not exactly pressuring specialists in pest control to cut back on the use of pesticides.

There are instances when pesticides are necessary as a short term solution in the agricultural industry. For example, when there is pest infestation, remedial action is required and this necessitates the use of insecticides and rodenticides. However, pesticides must always be the last course of action and not the first option for pest control.

In current Good Manufacturing Practices for the food and beverage industry, no pests are allowed in the plant. When there is infestation, it is a result of the failure of sanitation program. Fogging and chemical treatments can only be deployed when everything else has failed.

Techniques have evolved in the pest control industry and only eco-friendly products and biodegradable products are used by Sydney pest control to ensure that there are no risks to health and the environment. Processes and procedures in pest control comply with all the standards set by NSW Environmental Protection Agency.

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