Pest control is a big part of food manufacturers' new requirements
By: Abell Pest Control
Posted on: 7/28/2014 9:46:00 AM

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Perhaps nothing hurts a food manufacturer's reputation more than having their operation fined or shut down for not complying with safety and health violations related to contamination. That often occurs when quality compliance inspectors find that a food firm has a pest problem, which is considered a major violation of U.S. food safety regulations.

In fact, the recently enacted Food Safety Modernization Act, which will be in full effect by mid-2016, includes pest management requirements that give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration greater oversight of facilities to prevent contamination from pests.

The focus of the new regulations shifts from finding and treating contamination problems to preventing them before they occur, and provides the FDA with more authority to take action against those who violate these tougher rules.

The first compliance deadline in mid-2015 regards contamination prevention for both human and animal foods and is considered one of the biggest changes to current food safety laws. It requires food manufacturers to implement stringent steps to prevent contamination, including a strong pest management program.

Getting ready for FDA audits

Food manufacturers with responsible operations have long considered pest control services like Abell Pest Control one of their strongest allies in the prevention of food contamination. Such services can pinpoint where pest problems have occurred, treat them with a customized plan and advise businesses on preventive steps they can take against future outbreaks.

With the FDA and its third-party auditors having more access to conduct unannounced inspections, the impetus for food companies to hire qualified pest removal services is greater than ever. This way, companies can stop infestations before they incur fines or other punitive actions by food safety officials.

Being ready for an FDA audit includes having a regular program of internal inspections with findings issued at least once a month, ongoing pest prevention measures and an immediate action plan if a pest problem occurs.

One of the ways that food manufacturers can be ready once the regulations take effect - if not sooner - is to choose a pest control firm that's experienced in working with food-making operations. With greater FDA enforcement powers and stronger sanctions taking effect, the consequences of a pest violation is substantial.

Not only will the food business be protecting its brand and reputation, but the result will be cleaner food production facilities and less chance of a contamination outbreak that could have far-reaching health outcomes for the public.

Abell Pest Control is a family owned Canadian company dedicated to providing effective, professional and courteous service in pest management. Abell is proud to announce its 90th year of providing quality pest control services to North America. Started in 1924 with one office, Abell now employs several hundred people with branch offices across Canada and the United States.

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