Your food processing facility is highly regulated and must adhere to strict guidelines to maintain required levels of food safety and to stay audit ready. Pests such as insects and rodents can threaten your food safety program through potential contamination and loss of products. Fumigations are often thought of as a last resort, but it shouldn’t be, as fumigation quickly eliminates pests and resets the pest populations to zero. Here are the top 3 reasons fumigation services can benefit your food safety program.
Elimination of All Pest Life Stages
Fumigations are a highly specialized treatment that relies on the power and effectiveness of a fumigant gas in sufficient concentrations to effectively eliminate all life stages of the target pest, from eggs to adult life stages. Once pests gain access to your facility, they can quickly multiply, making it essential to address them as soon as possible with the most effective solution. Fumigants not only help reset the pest populations to zero they also penetrate deep into hard-to-reach areas where cleaning and other control measures may not reach.
Prevents Pest Contamination and Damage
Since fumigations eliminate all life stages of pests, food safety risks are reduced and the products that you produce are kept pest free. Fumigations help prevent product damage, contamination and costly recalls or returns by customers. Fumigations facilitate the production of wholesome foods and importantly, protect your organization’s brand and reputation.
Fumigations can be implemented to save production downtime. This service also costs less than product recalls and returns from unhappy customers. An advantage to modern fumigations is that they can be performed with less impact on downtime than you may think, minimizing the impact on valuable production time.
Fumigation services can be a critical component of your food safety program. The effectiveness in controlling pests, preventing contamination, and saving time and money are all benefits to your food safety program. While fumigation is a great tool to eliminate pests, they should be a part of a well-designed Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program centered on prevention of pest infestations.
With over 85 years of pest management and sanitation experience in the food industry, IFC is the best equipped to provide fumigation services that meet your food safety program’s demanding needs. Our highly trained specialists are certified and trained to safely perform fumigations for all types of structures and for any type of pest concern. If you have a question or are interested in scheduling an appointment for a no-charge fumigation assessment, please request it here.