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November 10, 2015

Food Safety Inspections And Audits: What’s The Difference?

difference between food safety inspection and auditA site audit can be a potentially nerve wracking endeavor. While many food-handling facilities  might consider a safety audit to be a pain, they also know that audits are necessary to ensure the quality and safety of food products before they are distributed to consumers. Insects and rodents can spread numerous deadly diseases, which is why pest control accounts for such a large portion of food safety programs. Yet many facility associates aren’t clear on the difference between safety inspections and audits.

What’s The Difference Between An Inspection And An Audit?

An inspection is a comprehensive physical examination of a facility and equipment, employee practices, and inventory. The primary goal of an inspection is to collect data to determine whether a company’s operations remain within compliance of specified plant programs — particularly food safety standards. Inspectors are encouraged to highlight not only negative conditions, but positive practices as well, since positive reinforcement can encourage and motivate personnel to develop favorable behaviors.

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October 15, 2015

4 Tips To Keep Your Restaurant Pest-Free This Fall

4 tips for keeping your restaurant pest free this fallWith cooler weather at our doorsteps, you may think that your worries about pest issues are no longer a primary concern for your restaurant. That’s not the case, however. In fact, many retail food establishments experience an equal or increased amount of pest activity during fall as they do in warmer months. Many types of insects and other pests start looking for a new place to call home when the temperatures drop, and if you’re not careful, your restaurant might fit the bill. It’s warm and there’s plenty of food available — what better place for mice or a swarm of wasps to settle during the winter? There are several things you can do to decrease and prevent fall pests from turning your restaurant into their personal dining room.

Fall Threats

Restaurants are more susceptible to pests throughout the year simply due to the nature of the restaurant business. The presence of food is a huge attractant to all types of pests, from rodents to roaches, wasps and everything in between. Preventing pests in the fall means utilizing good pest control practices throughout the year and understanding how pests behave when the weather gets cooler.

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October 13, 2015

7 Steps For Preventing Pests From Entering Your Business This Fall

7 steps to prevent pests from entering your business this fallPests are bad for business. Flies in the produce section of a grocery store give the customers an impression of filth and poor quality control. Restaurant diners will be repulsed at the sight of rats, and are likely to leave immediately. One bad incident can escalate quickly as former patrons share their experiences on Facebook and YELP, tarnishing your business’ reputation. For these reasons, keeping your establishment pest-free is particularly important, especially during the fall when unwanted intruders will seek shelter from colder temperatures. To prepare for the pests that might start looking for their wintering grounds in your business, follow these simple steps:

1. Seal It Up

One of the first things New England business owners should consider is sealing any exterior cracks in your building. Even the smallest crevices can provide an access point for spiders, mice, and rats into your establishment. Schedule a professional inspection to ensure that your premises are sealed up as tightly as possible. Pay special attention to any areas where piping or wiring enters the building.

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September 24, 2015

Initial Steps For Training Employees In Pest Management

training employees in pest managementTraining your employees in proper pest management practices is crucial to achieving success. Your employees need to understand the approaches outlined in your Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan and their specific roles. They should also understand why an Integrated Pest Management plan is important, and the risks that pests pose.

To implement employee pest management training, you need to follow several steps:

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September 22, 2015

Commercial Fly Control: Why Businesses Need To Take Fly Control More Seriously

why businesses need to take fly control more seriouslyThe following is an excerpt from our new e-book, Keeping Flies Under Control In Your Business.

To most people, flies are nothing more than a nuisance. A few flies in the office or kitchen should not be cause for immediate concern. However, fly activity that’s on the rise due to rapidly increasing populations requires action. Flies are globally prevalent, and are among the filthiest pests out there. Flies that carry bacteria or fungal spores can pose a serious health risk to employees and customers.

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