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SPIs biggest threat to food processing

Combatting SPIs: the smallest pests but biggest threat to food supplies

Harry Wood

Stored product insects (SPIs) are the most costly pests to food businesses and destroy or contaminate a significant proportion of the world’s food supplies. Even in a developed country such as the US, SPIs damage up to 10% of food supplies and, in developing countries, a much higher proportion.

As food supply chains have become globalised and more complex, the risks of pests moving around the world and between suppliers have increased. SPIs are a threat at all stages of the supply chain, even to many types of packaged foods.

Find out why businesses have to be “always on” to prevent these pests from causing damage. In our video, Nancy Troyano, Entomologist, Director of Operations for Rentokil North America and Paul Donegan, Digital Innovation Director for Rentokil Initial, explain at the GFSI 2020 conference how expertise combined with innovative uses of data can help businesses combat SPIs more effectively.


Expertise in SPIs, combined with technology, data and insights, enables the creation of highly customised pest management programmes that ensure businesses are better prepared to combat the smallest pest, but the biggest threat to food safety.

For more information on the challenges that SPIs pose, which are the greatest threat and where in the supply chain, and how businesses can overcome them, read our report today!

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Harry Wood
Harry Wood

I am a Content Communications Editor at Rentokil Initial, writing content for all our marketing activities on topics as diverse as pest control, pest-borne diseases, food safety, climate change, wellbeing, hygiene and airborne diseases. I've been an editor and writer for over 30 years in academic and business roles. I started life in the Forestry Commission, moved into tropical forestry and environment in Thailand before migrating to the world of healthcare IT and medical technology back in the UK. My role at Rentokil Initial has given me the chance to return to some of my roots when writing about wood-boring insect pests ... or is that boring Wood writing about insect pests?

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