Tag Archives: Food Manufacturing

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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JAS Bowmans withdraws from Flour Milling market

JAS Bowman Mill at Ickleford and Whitley Bridge to close

Ickleford Mill was bought by the Bowman Family more than 100 years ago and has been milling flour since 1914. It is the end of an era for Bowmans Milling but the family name continues through Bowman Ingredients. The decision has now been made to concentrate on their Ingredients business and withdraw from the Milling Market altogether.

Photo by Richard Edwards click photo for link

Photo by Richard Edwards

The photo is of Ickleford Mill which will be closing completely. Whitworth Bros Ltd. have purchased the Flour Heat Treatment plant at Whitley Bridge. Further information is available on the Bowmans Ingredients news page.

Check Services Ltd have been carrying out pest control services at Ickleford Mill for more than 25 years and Whitley Bridge for more than 5 years. We have a long history of carrying out pest control services for the flour milling industry and we currently have contracts with many similar businesses.

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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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TFMS Version 6 – Tesco Food Manufacturing Standard V6

Tesco’s latest Food Manufacturing Standard (Version 6) is available from the Tesco Technical Library (TTL) and certification audits are already working against TFMS V6.

Many of our customers are part of the supply chain for Tesco and consequently they are working to the new TFMS 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 TFMS. 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.

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

Trending of pest activityReporting 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.

Field Staff – Due to the high percentage of our customers who work to the Tesco Food Manufacturing Standard, all of our staff understand and are trained to carry out pest control in food production environments and part of this includes complying with TFMS.

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.