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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 …

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Why the Entire Supply Chain Matters When It Comes to Pest Control

When it comes to a pest problem in the supply chain, that one problem can quickly become everyone’s problem. This is why you must consider pest control with a holistic lens – and not just at your food manufacturing facility. Your suppliers, their shipments, your facility and your distributors are …

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The Top 3 “Hot Spots” Inside Your Facility

As much as you prioritize keeping pests out of your facility, something has slipped past your preventive measures. You’re not alone – food processing facilities have so much to offer pests. From dry goods and moisture to warmth and dark spaces. To help you narrow down your search for invaders, we’ve …

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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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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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Proper Food Temperatures Help Keep Food Safety Under Control

In 2014, the CDC reported 864 foodborne illness outbreaks, which resulted in 13,246 illnesses, 712 hospitalizations, 21 deaths and 21 food recalls. As a restaurant operator, you don’t want any of your diners to be part of the CDC’s foodborne illness count – your dedication to food safety is cruc …

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Sanitation and Storage Best Practices: Test Your Knowledge

Proper sanitation and storage practices are crucial to food safety and effective pest management. These are preventive controls that are essential to your food safety plan – learn more about what should be included by downloading our free Food Safety Modernization Act Special Report. Failing in eith …

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When It Comes to Proper Food Storage, Shortcuts Aren’t Worth It

According to the Food and Drug Administration, 43 percent of restaurants in the U.S. do not separate raw animal products from other foods appropriately. This is alarming because incorrect food storage is a main factor in foodborne illness outbreaks, which costs the U.S. between $5 billion and $1 …

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3 Forms of Documentation to Have on Hand for Third-Party Audits

Managing a food processing plant is no easy task. To achieve food safety, routine third-party audits are essential. So, how can food processing facility managers maintain a textbook, audit-ready environment? Even with regular facility maintenance and pest management measures, managers may still lose …

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Best Food Safety Practices to Avoid Food Labeling Confusion

Mislabeling or not labeling food in restaurants may seem like a minor oversight, but it can lead to major food safety failures. During a study on risk factors contributing to foodborne illnesses, the Food and Drug Administration found date marking out-of-compliance as high as 81 percent within res …

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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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Help Reduce the Risk of Foodborne Illness at Your Restaurant

According to the CDC, more than half of foodborne illness outbreaks originate in restaurants. It’s a statistic that should concern you and other restaurant owners as you aim to provide an exemplary dining experience for your guests and avoid the PR disaster of foodborne illness. In order to do j …

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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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5 Common Food Safety Mistakes

As the largest commercial pest control provider in North America, Orkin services tens of thousands of restaurants, and while our primary job is restaurant pest control, we know that everything we do is really about food safety. If you’re in the restaurant business, you know how much time it takes …

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Birds in Restaurants

Question: Why are birds such a problem around restaurants and other businesses? Answer: Pigeons, swallows, starlings, and other pest birds are attracted to commercial properties like kids to a candy store. They also cause tens of millions of dollars in damage every year. Their droppings can de …

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Beetles in Restaurant's Kitchen Question

Beetles in Restaurant's Kitchen Question: I have small, tube-like beetles in some of the dry goods I keep in my restaurant’s kitchen. What are they? Answer: Although you should reach out to a pest management professional to identify the exact type of infestation, it sounds like you have flour b …

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Prepping For A Restaurant Inspection

Health inspectors and pests have one thing in common – they can both arrive at a restaurant unannounced. Since the main purpose of a health inspection is food safety, implementing the following procedures to your regular maintenance and sanitation routine at four common pest “hot spots” can help ens …