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The 5 Weak Links in Your Supply Chain

A supply chain is only as strong as its weakest link – it takes only one infested delivery truck to cause a delay in the production of your goods. And just one crack in a wall can invite pests into your food manufacturing facility … and every other facility your goods travel through onc …

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Checklist: Working the Bugs Out of the Supply Chain

As food manufacturing regulations continue to become more stringent, preparedness must remain at the heart of your Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program – especially when it comes to your supply chain. The goal of IPM is to prevent pest problems before they happen, prioritizing facility mainte …

5 Ways to Lose Points on Your Audit

With vast amounts of product coming in and out of your facility daily, food safety is a top concern - and you don’t want pests breaking and entering to threaten that safety. Pest invaders are not only a nuisance, but can cause product loss, reputation damage for your business and deductions during a …

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A 60-Second Guide to Acing Your Audit

When it comes to third-party audits in the food processing industry, there’s no room for error with your pest control program. That’s why it’s important to constantly work toward helping keep your facility pest-free. Audit-ready pest control at your facility starts with an Integrated Pest Managem …

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Top 6 Prime Points for Pest Entry in Your Facility

Food manufacturing facilities are subject to exacting standards established to protect human food products from contamination. These requirements necessitate a food safety plan to help you comply with FSMA regulations – a plan that must take pest control into co …

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How to Prepare for your Next Audit

Third-party food safety audits are a serious matter for food processing facilities. Just one low score can drive companies that purchase your products to lose trust in your business. With so much riding on a good score, it’s important to understand how to be audit-ready. (To learn more about the new …

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How Well Do You Know Stored Product Pests?

As essential as your ingredients are to your business, they’re also important to the stored product pests for which they’re a primary food source. These pests are capable of causing major damage to stored goods resulting in lost product and profits. These pests are fast breeders, so it’s important …

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Is Your Pesticide Storage Audit-Ready?

Your audit is quickly approaching, and you’ve made sure your documentation is in order, plus checked all the pest control hot spots around your facility. The third piece of the pre-audit puzzle is pesticide storage. While pesticide should not be stored on site if the company has a contracted pest ma …

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A Guide to Your Facility’s Pest Control Hot Spots

Staying on top of maintenance and sanitation is a constant challenge — especially when it comes to food safety. So we’ve teamed up with NSF International to provide a series of free tips that can help ensure your facility is protected from head to toe against pests and the diseases they can carry. …

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How to Avoid Poor Documentation

In food safety, the margin for error is wafer-thin. And with the number of factors—both internal and external—that can ultimately make or break your success, it can be difficult to stay on top of things. But pest control is not something you should let slip through the cracks. From failed audits …

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Top 3 Pests with an Appetite for Your Facility

All pests are attracted to food, water and shelter. But some are more determined than others.  And with an abundance of raw ingredients and food product in your facility, there’s more pressure on you to ensure you take a proactive stance to protect it all f …