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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.

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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).

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.

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.

If you would like further information then please contact us using the tab on the right of the screen or using this link – Check Services Ltd

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.

Waitrose Pest Control Policy Version 3

Last year Waitrose joined many of the other supermarkets by introducing their own supplier standards. The latest document relating to pest control, Waitrose Pest Control Policy V3, was introduced in January 2015 and became effective immediately following it’s issue.

Many of our customers are part of the supply chain for Waitrose 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.

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

 

Pest Control Report 5

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.

Field Staff – Due to the high percentage of our customers who work to the Waitrose Pest Control Policy, all of our staff understand and are trained to carry out pest control in food production environments and part of this includes complying with Policy Version 3.

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.

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.

BRC Global Standards Issue 7

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has produced the BRC Global Standards for Food Safety. Compliance with this document is a requirement for many Food Manufacturers, particularly if the business supplies any of the supermarket chains in the United Kingdom (UK).

The latest version of this standard is BRC Issue 7 was released in January 2015 but is being audited against from 1st July 2015. This leaves less than 2 months before all systems must be in place. – A .pdf copy can be downloaded by registering at the BRC Bookshop .

The vast majority of our customers are audited against BRC standards and as such it is vital that our service, reporting systems and all our field staff comply with the standards.

Service – Our Premier Specification is based on complying with BRC Global Standard for Food Safety as well as other specifications such as M&S Code of Practice; Tesco Food Manufacturing Standard (TFMS); Waitrose Pest Control Policy; Soil Association Organic Standard etc.

A good reporting system is important in commercial pest control

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.

Field Staff – Due to the high percentage of our customers who work to the BRC Global 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 BRC standards.

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.

Label changes for Rodenticides

Directions for use are changing on all Anticoagulant Rodenticide labels. The changes will be taking place over the coming year and should be fully in place by 1st June 2016.

The new label wording is being introduced following consultation with HSE and the subsequent introduction of a voluntary stewardship scheme for our industry. In tandem with the Second Generation Anticoagulant Rodenticide (SGAR) Stewardship Scheme there has been a change in the use of all SGARs. Label phrases that will be introduced refer to the locations where the products can be used and in future will be either ‘In and around buildings’ or ‘Open areas’:

‘In and around buildings’ –  shall be understood as the building itself, and the area around the building that needs to be treated in order to deal with the infestation of the building. This would cover uses in sewer system or ships but not in waste dumps or open areas such as farmlands, parks or golf courses.’

‘Open areas’ – There is no definition of this phrase in the UK but European Commission documents describe uses “around farmland, parks and golf courses” as typical of this. Also when “rodenticides are used to reduce impacts on game rearing or outside (i.e. in field) food stores (potato/sugar beet clamps)”. An open area is therefore one that fits neither of the two preceding definitions and is an urban, suburban or rural space that is not directly associated with a building.

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These changes will have an impact on where and when we will be able to use anticoagulant rodenticides.

Link for the new CRRU UK Code of Best Practice.

Link for the HSE Information Document.

 

 

 

 

Commercial Pest Control: London Restaurant closed after serving a cockroach to customers

Having a good pest control contract is vital for any food business, as is listening and acting on the advice given by your pest control technician.

The effects of pest infestation could be devastating to your business.

Ealing restaurant closed after cockroach found in customer’s meal – Get West London.