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Standards for Certification of Commercial Applicators
Commercial applicators must demonstrate practical knowledge of the principles and practices of pest control and the safe use of pesticides. Competence must be determined by a written exam and, as appropriate, performance testing in the following areas:
• Label and labeling comprehension
• Application technique
• Laws and regulations.
Pest Control in Food Industry
Controlling pests in a food industry facility is essential in order to minimize the transmission of food-borne illnesses caused by microbial contamination. Effective pest control is based on:
• Preventing entry (exclusion),
• Removing nesting/breeding sites (harborage), and
• Eliminating potential sources of food and water.
Pest control requires vigilance inside and outside the plant. This includes:
• Maintaining the building to prevent entry of pests.
• Maintaining the grounds to ensure proper sanitation and remove harborage for pests.
• Following good manufacturing practices to ensure proper in-plant sanitation.
Significant Pests in the Food Industry
The food industry is concerned with filth from pests—including insects, rodents, birds, and bats—that may adulterate or contaminate human food. These pests are considered significant in the food industry because:
• They may carry food-borne pathogens.
• Their presence may be an indicator of insanitation in the facility.
• They may adulterate food products with foreign substances such as insect eggs, larval skins, frass, rodent hairs, and waste that are at the very least aesthetically objectionable in food.
• They may cause millions of dollars worth of damage.
Filth is any contaminant that, because of its repulsiveness, would not normally be eaten. Filth may or may not be an actual health hazard; its mere presence in a product will render that product adulterated.
Control Measures for Grounds
Controlling pests in a food processing facility begins on the grounds surrounding the facility. The following practices can reduce infestation on the facility grounds:
• Keep garbage containers and dumpsters clean and covered. Remove trash on a timely basis.
• Cut weeds or grass and eliminate debris around buildings or structures that may offer a breeding place for pests.
• Clear drains and install drainage for wet areas that may contribute contamination to food by seepage, foot-borne filth, or providing a breeding place for pests.
• Inspect roofs and walls and remove bird nesting sites. Install bird netting or spikes to discourage birds from nesting.
• If rodenticides or insecticides are used, ensure that all precautions are taken to avoid potential contamination of food products and they are being used in accordance with the label.
• Have the grounds and building inspected for pests on a documented regular schedule.
Exclusion is the best way to control pests inside the food processing or storage facility. The following practices can help prevent pests and their associated pathogens from entering the building:
• Use self-closing doors and install door sweeps on facility doors.
• Keep doors closed. For doors that must remain open, such as loading dock doors, install air curtains, screens, or plastic strip curtains. Ensure bottom door sweeps are in good repair.
• Ensure that the facility airflow is positive at all entry points, which allows insects to be pushed out.
• Ensure that windows are screened, screening is in good repair, and screens are kept closed.
• Caulk and seal cracks, especially those at junctions between the floor and walls and around wiring, drain pipes, vents, and flues. Repair all wall openings leading to the outside.
Source: DEP, EPA, USDA