Food Safety Magazine

Podcast | November 7, 2019

IFC: Effective Pest Management

By Staff

IFC: Effective Pest Management

In this BONUS episode of Food Safety Matters, we speak—for the second time—to Jerry Heath (staff entomologist) and Sharon Dobesh (director of technical services) from the Industrial Fumigant Company (IFC) about integrated pest management and some best practices that food facilities can follow.

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In this BONUS episode of Food Safety Matters, we speak to IFC about:

  • Tips for creating or improving upon a pest management program
  • The importance of communication and partnership between the food plant and the pest management company
  • How hard it is to change a facility's food safety culture
  • How fluctuating environmental conditions can lead to unexpected pest problems
  • The different types of food facilities (dry vs. wet processing) and the various types of pests and insects they tend to attract
  • Surprising pest discoveries
  • The most vulnerable hot spots and risky areas within most food plants
  • The critical importance of keeping trailers and other forms of transportation clean
  • Best practices in pest management, plus actions that food plant employees can take when they spot a rodent
  • The use of pesticides vs. the demand for more natural pest products

Resources
Pest-Free Shipping and the FDA's Sanitary Transportation Rule
Integrated Pest Management-based Prevention Tips 
The Integrated Pest Management Pyramid 

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