Tag Archives: Food Industry

Update on General Licences in England

Feral pigeon in a building

Defra requested information on the impact of revoking the General Licences from interested parties giving us just over a week to provide details. The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) have written to Defra on behalf of it’s members highlighting the importance of the General Licences and also the impact that their revocation is having on Public Health and Safety. Our industry awaits the outcome of this consultation.

Note: This only applies to our customers in England, the General Licences for other countries in the UK are still active. In Wales the licences can be found here but two of the most common General Licences used by our customers in Wales can be found at the bottom of this page. These are General Licences and as such, no application is required but clearly the criteria within the individual General Licence must be met.

Interim Measures

Whilst the General Licences have been revoked, it is possible to apply for individual licences to remove birds which are causing issues with public health and safety. The procedure for our customers is as follows:

  1. Contact Check Services Ltd to let us know you have a bird / birds in your building.
  2. Download the Licence application form (see bottom of page). Note that the .pdf can only be opened with the most up to date versions of Adobe Reader and a number of customers are having problems with this – in this situation download the Word version.
  3. The form must then be completed, confirming location, bird species and what non lethal methods of control have taken place or need to take place prior to any lethal control methods.
  4. The completed application must then be emailed to birds2019@naturalengland.org.uk copying in lewis@checkservices.co.uk
  5. You will receive an auto receipt confirming that Natural England have received your application.
  6. Attempts to remove the bird(s) using non lethal methods must be carried out by our customers prior to the application being submitted. Note that there is a significant backlog with Natural England so it is unlikely that you will get a quick response. Due to this backlog it may be necessary to carry out lethal control prior to the licence being granted by NE. However, this can only be done if all other non lethal methods to remove the bird have been carried out and all the criteria laid out in the application form has been met.
  7. On completion of the work, Natural England must be notified via birds2019@naturalengland.org.uk copying in lewis@checkservices.co.uk confirming the outcome.

We are doing all that we can to minimise the impact of these changes and will keep you up to date as soon as we get further information. If you have any further questions then please do not hesitate to contact us via telephone 01189323755 or email admin@checkservices.co.uk

Natural England – Interim Licence applications

Natural Resources Wales – General Licences 2019 Birds

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.

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.

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.

Check Services sponsors Burford School sports trip

Burford School Tour

Burford School Hockey Team playing in high humidity in Singapore

 

Check Services Ltd sponsored both the Hockey and Netball kit for Burford School’s 2013 Australasia Sports Tour.

The tour started in Singapore where the tour party spent a couple of days sightseeing before a match against a local Hockey Academy.

 

Check Services kit sponsorship

International advertising for Check Services!!

 

Burford school moved on to both New Zealand and Australia, taking in many sights as well as playing several matches against local schools.

A few more details of the tour can be found on the Burford School Tour Blog.

The tour was a great success and the sports kits are now being used by the school for their various sports matches.

 

Burford School Tour 5

Burford School Netball team.

Burford School Tour 3

Burford School defend a short corner.