Food Plants Not Hitting the IPM Mark

The study, which was conducted at several thousand food processing facilities globally between July 2015 and August 2016, identified categories the facilities were performing well in and where improvement was needed.

Operational areas measured in the study:

Adequacy of Prerequisite and Food Safety Programs

44% – Serious 

12% – Unsatisfactory 

27% – Improvement Needed

Cleaning Practices

10% – Serious 

22% – Unsatisfactory 

14% – Improvement Needed

Integrated Pest Management

8% – Serious 

20% – Unsatisfactory

11% – Improvement Needed

Maintenance for Food Safety

26% – Serious 

36% – Unsatisfactory 

32% – Improvement Needed

Operational Methods and Personnel Practices

12% – Serious 

11% – Unsatisfactory 

16% – Improvement Needed

With the Food Safety Modernization Act delivering the most sweeping reforms in food safety in more than 70 years, the food industry professionals must shift focus to preventing contamination issues rather than reacting to them.

“More than 80 percent of food contamination issues are avoidable and FSMA now puts onus on the food industry to answer the question, ‘What are you doing to prevent an unsanitary environment in your facility?’,” said Dr. Cornelius Hugo, AIB global manager – food safety services innovation, at the recent Global Summit for Pest Management Services in New York City.

Strike back with a preventive strategy in partnership with Sprague Pest Solutions. Our experienced team of pest management, food safety and quality assurance professionals develop pest prevention programs that promote and deliver food safety.

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