Product Quality and Integrity is a general requirement for the Meat and Meat products business. These requirements includes that the product is free from any contamination caused by pests such as flies, cockroach and rodents.
Ecopoise Pest Control products and services can offer the meat industry protection against contamination of meat products from a variety of pests. Our trained technicians and supervisors will work closely with you to put together a tailored, safe and effective Pest Management Program.
In food processing environments, quality pest control is a must. A pest infestation can put your product and your business’ reputation at risk because nobody wants to find something in the product that’s not on the label.
But pest management in such environments is also very sensitive. Special precautions must be taken to keep pest control treatments from threatening food safety.
To better control pests while respecting a food plant’s sensitive environmental needs, you need to apply the principles of integrated pest management (IPM).
Step 1: Inspection
The cornerstone of an effective IPM program is a schedule of regular inspections. For food processors weekly inspections are common, and some plants inspect even more frequently.
Step 2: Preventive Action
As regular inspections reveal vulnerabilities in your pest management program, take steps to address them before they cause a real problem. One of the most effective prevention measures is exclusion, i.e., performing structural maintenance to close potential entry points revealed during the inspection.
Step 3: Identification
Different pests have different behaviors. By identifying the problematic species, pests can be eliminated more efficiently and with the least risk of harm to other organisms. Professional pest management always starts with the correct identification of the pest in question.
Step 4: Analysis
Once you have properly identified the pest, you need to figure out why the pest is in your facility. Is there food debris or moisture accumulation that may be attracting it? What about odors? How are the pests finding their way in – perhaps through the floors or walls? Could incoming shipments be infested?
Step 5: Treatment Selection
When other control methods have failed or are inappropriate for the situation, chemicals may be used in the least volatile formulations in targeted areas to treat the specific pest. In other words, use the right treatments in the right places, and only as much as you need to get the job done. Often, the “right treatment” will consist of a combination of responses, from chemical treatments to baiting to trapping. But by focusing on non-chemical options first, you can ensure that your pest management program is effectively eliminating pests at the least risk to your food safety program, non-target organisms, and the environment. You’ll also see higher pest control scores at audit time.