January

31

2013

Every day food plants across the United States process tons of food for hungry consumers. Everything from milk to ground beef to a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables, these plants are at the epicenter of food production.

A look inside the numbers of food processing is quite impressive: 20 billion gallons of milk are produced annually in the United States not only for drinking and dunking cookies, but for being poured over cereal or put in coffee, and in the production of cheese, ice cream and butter. According to the American Meat Institute, 10 billion pounds of ground beef is consumed in the U.S. annually – that’s a whole lot of burgers.

The Sprague Pest Experts get to see behind the curtain of food processing on a daily basis as our highly trained service staff works with clients to protect their facilities from unhealthy pests, as well as assist them in preparing and successfully passing food safety audits.

Today, as we go about our duties, the landscape of food safety regulations is changing rapidly. Driven by new Global Food Safety Initiatives (GFSI) standards and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), food industry professionals have a full plate in front of them.

“Both the GFSI and FSMA are game changers for all producers of food and feed,” says Tim Gallagher, Sprague’s director of strategic accounts and an expert in food production pest management and audit preparation.

The GFSI is a global initiative designed to promote continuous improvement of food safety management systems to ensure the delivery of safe food to consumers worldwide. It is a widely accepted industry standard that defines food safety requirements from packaging and distribution practices to overall quality standards.

Successful participation in GFSI has not only proven to reduce the risk of food-borne illness from impacting consumers but also improves the performance of your business.

Passing a GFSI audit, however, is not as simple as completing paperwork and answering a few of the auditor’s questions on the day of his or her visit. It requires preparation, dedication and a pro-active approach to making sure your staff and facility are up to snuff.

This is where the Sprague Pest Experts’ experience pays off. Our years of work in the field partnering with food industry accounts has allowed to us to see and encounter just about every condition you can think of that could cause you to fail an audit.

Our inspectors, service technicians and entomologists have the knowledge to identify potential problem areas and will provide proven solutions to correct problems. We have studied the GFSI standards closely and will consult with you every step of the way to help you put your best foot forward with the auditor.

The Sprague Pest Experts have been quite buys lately working with clients on their GFSI, FSMA and related food safety programs. You can read more about the latest changes in food safety regulations in our January eNewsletter and we will explore GFSI in the February edition. To sign up for the Sprague Pest Experts eNewsletter, please email us at info@spraguepest.com.

If you have questions on GFSI, FSMA or other food safety issues the Sprague Pest Experts are at your service. Send us an e-mail us and we’ll be happy to get back with you with more information.

Sincerely,


The Sprague Pest Experts