BRC V8

British Retail Consortium V8 Draft document

Check Services have provided feedback to British Retail Consortium (BRC) on their draft document , we have focused on Section 4.14 – Pest Control.

There are not too many amendments to the pest control section of this draft document. Most amendments involve tidying up terminology although there are a few changes which may have some impact on service.

Probably the biggest change relates to birds and their roosting points. There would appear to be a change of emphasis from ‘proofing if there is an issue’, to showing by risk assessment that there is NOT an issue. This may result in more of our customers having to proof areas of their sites against birds roosting.

There are also changes to the requirements for trending and analysis. There are no specific details so I suspect that this will become clearer via guidance notes or following onsite audits.

Obviously this is still a draft document and even if this becomes the final document there will still be areas which will need further guidance notes and / or be open to auditor interpretation.

Further details will be provided as we are updated.

Expanding foam does not stop rodents.

Rats chew through expanding foam to access wall cavity.

Some materials are good for proofing against rodents and some provide a temporary seal at best.

Rats chew through expanding foam.This photo shows a large gap around cables which had been sealed using expanding foam. This may be an effective insulation but it will not prevent rodents from accessing the wall cavity and potentially other areas of the building. This was the case here where rats were able to gain access into several areas of the building once inside the wall cavity.

We had been informed that wire mesh had been inserted around the cabling prior to the expanding foam being used, but this proved to be incorrect, leaving the site vulnerable to rodent ingress. Treatments followed to remove the rats from the building, the expanding foam was cut out and the brickwork was then sealed up properly.

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Evidence of rat activity

Rats infest buildings from external drainage system

Check Services Limited was asked to look at a site where there was an issue with rats.

Rat damage to drain cover

It quickly became apparent that the rats were accessing the area outside the building via a hole which had been chewed in the plastic drainage cover.  The photo left shows the hole and you can also see the teeth marks.

 

The site were unaware of this and their current pest control contractor had been baiting the area for some time without noting the source of the problem. Check Services organised a drain inspection as well as requesting that the hole was made good. A full and thorough inspection was needed to identify the problem; dealing with the source of the problem, not just the pests present.

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Marks and Spencer Code of Practice – Pest Prevention V3

In February this year Marks and Spencer (M&S) brought out Version 3 of their Codes of Practice for Pest Prevention. The only significant change is the scope of the CoP, earlier versions excluded pre-packed and basic produce, this has been removed with Version 3. The main content of the CoP all remains the same as Version 2.

Many of our customers are part of the supply chain for M&S and consequently they are working to the new Pest Prevention Guidance document. At Check Services Ltd we are naturally interested in the changes relating to the pest control to ensure we can provide a service that complies with all aspects of the Specification. When the various supplier Codes of Practice are updated,  it is vital that our service, reporting systems and all our field staff adapt quickly to comply with the standards.

Service

Our Premier Specification is designed around the various supermarket / supplier standards and we quickly adapt it as necessary for the M&S Code of Practice (Pest Prevention) as well as other specifications such as  Waitrose Pest Control Policy; BRC Global Standard for Food Safety; Tesco Food Manufacturing Standard; Soil Association Organic Standard etc.

Reporting Systems

Our reporting system is designed and structured to provide a comprehensive documentation of our service as part of an Integrated Pest Management for our customers. In addition to this, our reporting format provides information in a way that allows auditors to easily find all the information they require.

Pest control technician fixing an external monitoring point.

Field Staff

Due to the high percentage of our customers who work to the M&S CoP, all of our staff understand and are trained to carry out pest control in food production environments and part of this includes complying with Version 3 (February 2016).

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New Rodenticide Labels will allow control of ‘Super Rats’

Following on from my post last month which discussed the imminent introduction of  Label Changes for Rodenticides; we have just received our first batch with the new labelling that uses the active ingredient Brodifacoum.

This will allow the control of rat infestations in areas where control has been almost impossible due to resistance issues. A genetic mutation which is particularly difficult to control is L120Q,  commonly known as the ‘Hampshire’ and ‘Berkshire’ resistances.

Following completion of the appropriate risk assessments we believe that we will be able to use these ‘new’ products to quickly gain control post harvest on a number of our rural customer’s sites . Check Services Ltd will be introducing procedures specifically for use of Brodifacoum around buildings, including more regular follow up visits and detailed inspections for carcasses. There is already an increased emphasis on managing the environment and this will need to continue as part of an Integrated Pest Management ( IPM ) system.

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Follow this link for further information on The Current Status of Anticoagulant Resistance in Rats and Mice in the UK

 

Marks and Spencer Pest Prevention Code of Practice V2

In January this year Marks and Spencer (M&S) brought out Version 2 of their Codes of Practice for Pest Prevention. This CoP is for all Direct and Raw Material Suppliers except pre-packed and basic produce.

Many of our customers are part of the supply chain for M&S and consequently they are working to the new Pest Control Policy document. At Check Services Ltd we are naturally interested in the changes relating to the pest control section to ensure we can provide a service that complies with all aspects of the Policy. When the various supplier Codes of Practice are updated,  it is vital that our service, reporting systems and all our field staff adapt quickly to comply with the standards.

Service

Our Premier Specification is designed around the various supermarket / supplier standards and we quickly adapt it as necessary for the M&S Code of Practice (Pest Prevention) as well as other specifications such as  Waitrose Pest Control Policy; BRC Global Standard for Food Safety; Tesco Food Manufacturing Standard; Soil Association Organic Standard etc.

Reporting Systems

Our reporting system is designed and structured to provide a comprehensive documentation of our service as part of an Integrated Pest Management for our customers. In addition to this, our reporting format provides information in a way that allows auditors to easily find all the information they require.

DSC_0822Field Staff

Due to the high percentage of our customers who work to the M&S CoP, all of our staff understand and are trained to carry out pest control in food production environments and part of this includes complying with Version 2 (January 2015).

Please contact us using the side tab if you would like to know more about our services or wish to have a survey of your site.

Commercial pest control – We can protect your reputation – YO! Sushi customer describes how mice were scurrying through restaurant | Daily Mail Online

This article demonstrates the importance of maintaining a pest control contract that is delivering a service which protects your companies reputation. A mouse infestation was obvious to members of the public who looked into this restuarant: YO! Sushi customer describes how mice were scurrying through restaurant | Daily Mail Online.