How pest control can protect your license during a food safety inspection
While hospitable service, quality food, and the right ambiance can strengthen that bond, one wrong encounter with pests, their droppings or even contacting a pest-related sickness can destroy the relationship and reputation.
This very concern has given rise to the importance placed on food safety inspections.
Although set in place to ensure uncompromised commitment to hygiene, maintenance, and pest control, food safety inspections have become a big concern for restaurant and commercial property owners and those in the FMCG business. So how can you breeze through this protocol in a systematic way?
We give you a breakdown of the do’s, don’ts and how pest control treatments can give you the protection you need against mishaps.
What parameters does a food safety inspection cover?
When an inspector visits your commercial property for pests, he is scouting for measures you have endorsed for the treatment of any factors that might affect the quality of your food and service along with action against the removal of factors that might bring on an infestation issue.
To assess what your control measures include, an inspector will check if:
- Storage containers are clean and undamaged.
- Raw meats are not coming in contact with other foods.
- Raw meats are stored and preserved well.
- Food is stored at the right temperature.
- A comprehensive log detailing the temperatures of storage and serving containers.
- Prevention of cross-contamination by using fresh food preparation tools for each dish that is cooked.
- Keeping food preparation, storing and serving areas clean with no signs of a pest infestation.
Additionally, the environmental health officer may interview your staff, go through your food safety records, photograph, and video shoot or take audio-recordings of the commercial facility, examine your labels, ingredients, equipment, and advertising material, and take samples. The only way to prepare yourself for this is to ensure all the control and removal treatments are in place.
Do’s and don’ts to prepare your property for a food safety inspection
- Double-check if you have implemented all the changes prescribed from last time’s inspection.
- Conduct an inspection to ensure all regulations and standards are met.
- Conduct mock interviews with your staff.
- Repair any areas, equipment or plumbing concerns.
- Carry out a pest control and removal treatment.
- Don’t miss out on sanitizing every nook and corner of the property and food equipment.
- Don’t forget to equip the commercial area with proper hand-washing facilities including, paper towels, drinking water, etc.
- Don’t compromise on regular pest control and removal treatments and inspections.
- Don’t let your food storage, display, and serving facilities be unorganized and unaccounted for.
Acing the game with professional pest control and safety treatments
Pests can put up an unbeatable front for you to fight against without professional pest control. Reputed services across Australia are trained to study insect behaviour and understand when they pose as a threat to your commercial food business.
The absence of these regular treatments or use of the wrong treatments can jeopardize your reputation while also leaving you without a concrete safety plan in place. Avoid this big blunder by getting a certified pest control and removal service on board at the earliest. Remember the right treatment can help you protect the future of your company and the trust your customers have in you.
Muzi Tsolakis heads Protech Pest Control, a premier professional service that offers all types of pest control and termite treatment & control, executed under the expertise of industry experts.
Visit the website: www.protechpestcontrol.com.au or phone: 1300 486 149.