Food enters our mouth. So basically, everything that involves food should really be kept clean all the time. Food businesses are required to pass tests involving cleanliness before they could operate. Furthermore, they must maintain cleanliness at all times in order to avoid contamination and in order to avoid inviting different kinds of pests like cockroaches, mice, flies and others. In cases where this becomes uncontrollable, several measures must be followed.
In Singapore, there are many pest control companies in Singapore, but PestBusters Singapore is Asia’s leading in terms of technology use in its operations. They have also received awards for their excellence and growth to the industry in Singapore. If you are looking for pest exterminators in Singapore, they are definitely the go-to.
Your Croydon, in their article, will tell us all about pests in your food business. Let us read below.
Pests in your food business
Food businesses must take all reasonable precautions to prevent food pests, namely rats, mice, cockroaches, beetles, ants and flying insects gaining entry into food storage and preparation areas. This is to prevent the contamination of foodstuffs.
What to do if you have a pest infestation
If you think you have a pest problem call us for more advice.
Pest infestation cost businesses money, it is your responsibility to deal with pests effectively. We recommended that food business operators set up a contract with a reputable pest control company.
Most common pests encountered in food businesses are rodents – rats and mice, insects – cockroaches, ants, beetles and flies, birds – pigeons, seagulls Read more here.
Provided above are the pieces of information of what you should in case pests like rodents, cockroaches, flies, and pigeons infest your food business. This is a very serious matter because dirty food will surely affect your customer’s health. Let us see one example a food business which has been infested with rats. Let us find out what they did about it. Channel News Asia will share it to us.
Pest control measures carried out after rat sightings at Alexandra Village Food Centre
SINGAPORE: Pest control measures have been carried out at Alexandra Village Food Centre after rats were spotted at the establishment, said the National Environment Agency (NEA) on Monday (Oct 2).
In response to Channel NewsAsia’s queries, the agency said it received two rat-related complaints at the food centre, and has since conducted “multiple inspections”.
“NEA had conveyed our findings, which included rat droppings on top of the exhaust ducting at the food centre and a few burrows outside the food centre, to the town council for their rectification and follow-up.”
The town council has since conducted pest control treatment at Alexandra Village Food Centre and its surrounding areas, and will continue with other rat control measures, the agency said.
NEA is also assisting the town council and Hawkers’ Association to ensure that a “tight rat control regime” is in place at the food centre. This includes reviewing rat control plans, good housekeeping, removal of food sources, refuse management and adequate pest control checks. Read more here.
There were complaints about rats in the Alexandra Village Food Centre and it was proven after some inspections were done. Good thing that pest control treatment has been conducted even including other surrounding areas. Now, you should better check your pantry if you have pests in there. Werda Shermeen Zia will tell us how to identify a bug infestation in your pantry.
Pantry Pests 101: How to Identify a Bug Infestation in Your Pantry?
It is very likely that you have eaten a pantry bug or its eggs at some point in your life. Most of the food products that are known to sometimes have bug infestations (flour, rice, cereals,…) already have bugs in them when they are bought from the market. This is because female bugs lay eggs in grain kernels and these eggs sometimes survive the milling and manufacturing processes. While the idea of having accidentally eaten bugs hiding in your food is certainly gross, luckily ingesting bugs that inhabit flour or grain-based products isn’t harmful for humans. You can also console yourself with the fact that the heat from baking kills the tiny creatures.
Just because the extra protein in your diet isn’t harmful, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take steps to eliminate the bugs. While there is nothing you could have done to prevent the bugs from ending up in the box of cereal you picked off the shelf of your favorite supermarket, you can make sure the bugs don’t chew through everything in your pantry. The damage such bugs do to stored products creates harborage for fungi and bacterium. The first step in resolving the problem is to identify if there is an infestation in your pantry. If you aren’t sure that your pantry is infested, here are a few signs to look out for: Read more here.
Thanks to those tips you can now have a clue on whether you have pests in your pantry. This is a place where food and utensils are kept that is why it must be regularly monitored and checked especially if you have a food business because you are going to deal with a lot of people eating your food in here. As we said earlier, food goes inside the mouth and contaminated food might poison our body. We wouldn’t want that to happen that is why as early as possible, we should check and always prevent.
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