One hundred forty: It is the magic number for an American Institute of Baking (AIB) audit. A score below 140 on any one of the five categories the AIB reviews in their “Consolidated Standards for Food Safety” will result in a score of “unsatisfactory” for the entire audit. One of those categories is pest control, which auditors across the board – from AIB to Silliker to government and customer audits – regard as an important practice to ensure food safety.
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During their assessment of food and beverage processing plants, food safety auditors will examine the plant for evidence of a formal, written pest management program, preventative and control treatments and proper documentation of the program. Of these three must-haves, documentation best demonstrates the plant’s commitment to effective pest management, as updated and accurate records leave auditors a paper trail with which to evaluate the program.
Pest Management Documentation
Auditors typically focus the majority of their attention on the pest control service records. These documents include service reports describing all treatments provided during the pest management provider’s visits. Service reports will note the sources and causes of any pest infestations and indicate actionable items for the pest management provider and plant management.
Auditors also will ask to review detailed documentation of pesticide usage at the facility. The service records should include a list of approved pesticides, material safety data sheets (MSDS) for each product and detailed records on their use.
The plant must keep a log of all pesticide applications, with the trade name and active ingredient of the pesticides; dates, times and sites of applications; quantities applied; methods of application; targeted pests; and the name and current and valid state certification/license number of the applicator. Not only will auditors inspect the entirety of this information, but they also will verify that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approves the pesticide for use in a food processing plant. A food plant also may have an internal approved list of pesticides.
Other required documents include detailed floor plan schematics showing the location of all pest traps, the original service contract, and the pest management provider’s liability insurance records and business license.| | | Next → | Single Page