Archives - January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014
When it comes to predicting the pest management trends that will impact commercial clients most significantly in 2015, the Sprague Pest Experts’ crystal ball zeroes in on one thing in particular – food safety.
The spotlight has shined brightly on food safety with the Food Safety Modernization Act and the Global Food Safety Initiative redefining auditing standards for food processing, storage and transportation facilities and impacting how products are sourced from farm to table.
Food processing facilities that registered with the Food & Drug Administration before October 1, 2014 must renew their FDA registration by December 31 or risk not being able to distribute their food products to retailers and consumers.
The new registration rules are part of the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) increased demand for updated, detailed documentation. The rule applies to all facilities, domestic and foreign, that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for human or animal consumption.
January is the time to resolve to eat better, exercise more and update your facility’s pest management log book. As the calendar changes the Sprague Pest Experts will review the data collected in 2014 and look for trends that could indicate pest pressures are on the rise or conditions within the facility are making it more vulnerable to pest infestation.
Trend analysis plays an important role in developing and implementing a comprehensive pest management program and the data in a log book is vital to the process. January is a good time to have a conversation with the Sprague Pest Experts and review your program, identify any potential pest issues and share any changes in your operations (i.e. new internal contacts, the addition of new product lines or new ingredients, construction and renovation plans, etc.).
Resolve to use your pest log book in 2015 to provide valuable information that will protect your facility, workers, products and customers from unwanted and potentially harmful (and costly) pests.
Pests enjoy the holiday season just like everyone else but your facility shouldn’t have cluster or fruit flies buzzing around the holiday display or bed bugs feasting on your guests during their long winter’s naps. The Sprague Pest Experts have identified a list of pests (and checked it twice) that are the equivalent of coal in your stocking.
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