Food Safety Magazine

Pest Control

Q&A on Regional Pest Suppression Associated with Widespread Bt Maize Adoption
Q&A on Regional Pest Suppression Associated with Widespread Bt Maize Adoption

The potential applications of this work with Bt maize are discussed with regard to reductions in pesticide use and resistance, as well as benefits to crop safety.

Preventing Foodborne Illness through Regulatory Compliance and Proper Pest Control
Preventing Foodborne Illness  through Regulatory Compliance and Proper Pest Control

Food production facilities, grocery retail locations and restaurants are at risk for attracting pests, as they have the ideal conditions for pests to thrive: food, water and shelter.

Rodent Research at Food Distribution Centers: A Call for Collaboration
Rodent Research at Food Distribution Centers: A Call for Collaboration

To improve rodent management practices at food distribution centers, researchers from the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program at Cornell University seek collaborators.

Integrating Pest Management Procedures to Protect Food Safety
Integrating Pest Management Procedures to Protect Food Safety

Pest management is a critical component of food safety programs worldwide.

Pest Management SOPs for Food Processing Plants and the Importance of FSMA
Pest Management SOPs for Food Processing Plants and the Importance of FSMA

One key aspect of sanitation is the prevention and immediate elimination of any and all pest infestations in a food plant.

Upgrade Sanitation Plan to Work Out the Bugs
Upgrade Sanitation Plan to Work Out the Bugs

Pest infestation results in product adulteration, which can lead to product loss, possible recall or regulatory control action and potential loss of business.

Risk Analysis: Pests Need It Too
Risk Analysis:  Pests Need It Too

Pest management must be afforded the same level of importance as any other aspect of food safety.
 

Performing a Quality Audit on Your Supplier’s Pest Management Program
Performing a Quality Audit on Your Supplier’s Pest Management Program

To prevent your food processing facility from shortfalls in outsourced pest management, it is essential to perform quality audits of the services provided.

Back-to-Basics Pest Management Pays Dividends to Food Plants
Back-to-Basics Pest Management Pays Dividends to Food Plants

Too often, pest management is seen as a reactionary process that demands chemicals to solve a problem, but that’s a risky and short-term approach.

How Your Pest Management Technician Can Protect Your Company Against Bioterrorism
How Your Pest Management Technician Can Protect Your Company Against Bioterrorism

Today, food processors have to protect against intentional interference and the possibility that their products could be used as weapons of destruction.

Keys to Effective Pest Management in the Food Industry
Keys to Effective Pest Management in the Food Industry

Pests in food retail, processing and distribution facilities are not just nuisances; they can lead to significant product loss, regulatory action and a public relations nightmare.

Integrated Pest Management in Foodservice Establishments
Integrated Pest Management in Foodservice Establishments

Common to all pest control strategies is the use of the creatures’ own habits and lifestyles against them for a healthier food establishment.      

The “M” in ICM: Using ATP to Evaluate Sanitation
The “M” in ICM: Using ATP to Evaluate Sanitation

The ATP-monitoring system is a new and exciting technology that shows great promise in aiding both the regulator and the retail food industry.

“Waiter! There’s a Fly in My Soup!”…and So Much More
“Waiter! There’s a Fly in My Soup!”…and So Much More

All edible portions of field and orchard crops are affected by an assortment of pests that must be managed for food safety.  

What “Bugs” Sanitarians about IPM
What “Bugs” Sanitarians about IPM

Whereas at one time the retail food establishment took an active role in integrated pest management, it has relegated this activity more and more to the pest control service.

Besting the Pests: Education is Key to Successful IPM at Retail
Besting the Pests: Education is Key to Successful IPM at Retail

Across the U.S., insects and rodents cost food manufacturers and retailers billions of dollars and thousands of customers.

IPM: A Practical Approach to Pest Control
IPM: A Practical Approach to Pest Control

Cleaning and sanitation programs for the facility’s equipment, building and grounds are critical to the success of integrated pest management.

Pests: Everyday Threats to the Human Food Supply
Pests: Everyday Threats to the Human Food Supply

Although food can become contaminated at any point during production, unsanitary conditions coupled with disease-carrying pests in food facilities can cause widespread outbreaks.

Six Steps to Effective Sanitary Design for the Food Plant
Six Steps to Effective Sanitary Design for the Food Plant

Whether you are building a new food manufacturing facility or maintaining your plant, sanitary design of the facility and equipment is one of the most effective food safety strategies.

Can Your Pest Management Audit Be Simplified?
Can Your Pest Management Audit Be Simplified?

Pest management standards should be developed with a view toward keeping them general so that a broad range of individual food facilities can implement them for their specific needs.

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