Pests have a huge impact on food businesses. In the hospitality sector, they can potentially come into contact with surfaces, ingredients or storage areas and spread pathogens.
The situation is equally challenging in food logistics and warehousing, where multiple-entry storage facilities are vulnerable to pests. Or in food processing, where pests cause costly contamination of raw materials, infest clean machinery and severely disrupt production processes.
So how do you address pest issues, whilst also remaining compliant with food safety principles in high dependency environments in the process?
Employing a HACCP framework for food safety management
Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) is the internationally recognised framework for reducing the risk of safety hazards in food – pests included. The hazards HACCP covers include biological, chemical or physical hazards, which can be caused by pests which infest establishments and become a potential source of microbiological and physical hazards.
Food safety management based on HACCP principles lends a systematic preventive approach for businesses seeking guidance in this challenging area.
Benefits of HACCP-certified products
Pest control products with HACCP certification need to demonstrate compliance with food safety principles in their product design and operation. The review process to achieve certification is carried out by food safety technologists, who perform a rigorous review of every aspect of each product, covering:
- Materials and specifications: Identifying food safety hazards relating to formulation of the product its design
- Toxicity: Looking at mammalian toxicity alongside potential human allergies
- Contamination risks: Examining whether measures are in place to prevent contamination through packaging design, labeling and delivery methods
- Operating/ user instructions: Ensuring users have clear instructions relating to application methods, dilution areas and protecting food areas
- Consequences of error: Ensuring users are aware of the impact of incorrect use of products such as incorrect product selection or application method
- Batch and process controls: Looking at traceability and accessibility of batch records for reviewing product quality issues
- Packaging and labeling: Testing whether packaging is fit for purpose and prevents the likelihood of spillage or overdosing
This level of assessment is extremely thorough, the advantages for food businesses is peace-of-mind that HACCP-certified products are compliant, fit for purpose and suitable for use in food handling areas.
Rentokil’s range of HACCP-certified products
Our experts at the Global Research and Development Centre have worked closely with HACCP to achieve certification on pest control solutions specifically developed to address emerging food safety challenges, meet strict regulatory requirements and support the needs of our customers in the food industry. Our range of HACCP-certified rodent management products include:
- Fluorescent tracking gel: A non-toxic, non-drying gel that bonds to rodents, leaving a trail visible under UV light. An ideal tool for the investigation of rodent movement to place bait and monitoring stations.
- Non-toxic indicator blocks and paste
- Rodent Activated Detection and Riddance (RADAR): A non-toxic solution utilising CO2 to detect, capture and isolate mice effectively and hygienically.