Orkin and NSF International Prep Food Processors for Audits

Orkin Commercial Services has partnered with NSF International to provide free educational resources to the food processing industry. Each online tool equips business owners and operators in the fight against pests, while preparing them for audits.

A leading independent provider of food safety services, NSF International collaborated with Orkin on two Orkin University tools for food processors – bringing a valuable auditor’s perspective. The educational tools can be downloaded at www.orkincommercial.com under the “About Orkin” menu.

“Orkin’s partnership with NSF International allows us to bring the most up-to-date food safety educational and training materials to food processors,” said Zia Siddiqi, PhD, director of quality systems for Orkin, Inc. “We want to prepare these businesses for the crucial pest control portion of audits.”

Orkin University tools certified by NSF help facilities maintain best practices for sanitation and prepare for audits:

- Pre-Audit Checklist provides a step-by-step checklist and pest control recommendations for food processing, manufacturing, and storage facilities preparing for third-party food safety audits.

- Sanitation and Storage Quiz is a tool to see how facilities rank in best practices for sanitation and storage. It’s a short 15-question quiz that can help managers improve sanitation measures.

NSF International is an independent organization that certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods. In addition to partnering on training materials, Orkin and NSF Cook & Thurber – a division of NSF International – co-sponsor the Gold Medal IPM Partner Awards to honor food processors and packaging facilities that excel at Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Environmentally friendly IPM programs manage pests effectively, protect food safety and support better audit performance.

Orkin University also provides training videos on “5 Steps to a Better Audit” and “ABCs of Pest Habitat Modification.” For the past six years, Orkin has been named one of Training magazine’s Top 125 firms that excel in human capital development.

About NSF International

NSF International is an independent, not-for-profit organization, that helps protect you by certifying products and writing standards for food, water and consumer goods (www.nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment. Additional services include safety audits for the food and water industries, management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, Ltd., and organic certification provided by Quality Assurance International.

NSF International also provides high caliber training and educational materials in the areas of food safety and water quality through its Center for Public Health Education (CPHE). CPHE courses are taught by skilled trainers with a deep understanding in their respective industries who make classes more meaningful through their own “hands on” experience. Impacting public health on a local level, CPHE offers training in cities throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. For current course offerings and more information, visit the CPHE website.