Beetles crawling over counter tops, moths flying across rooms or caterpillars crawling up walls and across ceilings are all signs of big problems from small pests. To discount these pests as mere passersby would be a mistake, for the old saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” rings true with stored-product pests.
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Although small in size, these pests can cause considerable damage. Worldwide, insects destroy about 10 percent of grain production each year. In the U.S., this figure translates into an annual economic hit of about $3 billion.
According to www.orkin.com, it is virtually impossible to estimate how many pounds of food are destroyed each year because of various types of contamination, including that caused by packaging. The Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938, specifically the good manufacturing practices (GMPs) portion of the act that addresses pest management concerns, specifically defines destruction.
Section 402 (a)(4) of the act states that “food shall be deemed…adulterated if it has been prepared, packed or held under conditions whereby it may have been contaminated with filth or whereby it may have been rendered injurious to health.”
Insects and other pests are often drawn to a production environment because of warmth, water or the presence of food. Light also attracts pests.
Stored-product pests don’t feed solely on grains. They devour many types of food and contaminate much more than they eat. Even a small infestation can severely harm your inventory. In addition to affecting your bottom line with ruined commodities, stored-product pests compromise food quality and safety. Some species secrete chemicals that alter the flavor of food products, while others cause allergic reactions and irritate the human digestive tract if ingested.| | | Next → | Single Page