Preventing Pest Outbreaks In Your Restaurant With Food Tracking

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Globalization Of Food

20 Years ago when a cockroach was found in a manufacturing plant half way across the world, it was a local problem.

Today, with the globalization of the food supply chain, a problem like this could escalate into a national, or sometimes international crisis within hours.

Pest Outbreaks

If a customer sees, hears, or smells a pest in your restaurant there is no-turning-back for that customer or for your restaurant.

At minimal, the repercussions these days might be a bad review on social media that could put a major dent in your business, the worst case scenario could see your restaurant shut down.

The reality, pests are always going to find their way into the food supply chain, the key is mitigating risk.

End-To-End Supplier Tracking And Tracing

Tracking and tracing food from the farm into your restaurant is key with the globalization of the food supply chain.

Sharing data with your suppliers about where the food has been before it came to you will help prevent pest control outbreaks in your restaurant.

By helping to identify:

  • Where the contamination first occurred whether from farming, storage, processing, distribution, or retail i.e; your restaurant;
  • Who is liable;
  • How the problem can be rectified to prevent future outbreaks;

Talk to your Suppliers

According to Rentokil, a company who’s mission is to protect people from the dangers of pest-borne disease and the risks of poor hygiene in Australia, they did a study of over 400 respondents who manage food safety and hygiene for their businesses from Australia, China, UK, and the US.

Most respondents said the biggest challenge in managing pest control was having the proper information at hand about the origins of the infestation from their food suppliers i.e; where did the infestation start, the farm, manufacturing, or in your restaurant?

Therefore, to find our more information about possible infestations, have a conversation with your suppliers and ask them some specific questions:

  • Can they track where food ingredients originated from?
  • Can I have access to information about the origins of goods?
  • Do you have preventive measures in place in case of an infestation or outbreak?

Tracking Through IoT

With the internet of things ( IoT ), data can be stored on the cloud and easily accessible or managed by a third-party organization to track the entire food supply chain.

Even if your suppliers don’t have access to sophisticated IoT technology to track the entire food supply chain, they should be able to track the origins of the food and they should have preventive measures in place in case of an outbreak as mentioned above.

What are some other ways that you can prevent outbreaks and infestations in your restaurant?

  • Understanding Your Pests

    For example, insect pests like house flies are known carriers of diseases and pathogens and we know that they mostly feed on garbage. This could help us identify measures to deal with this issue.

    Are you storing garbage far enough away from the restaurant? Is garbage being stored overnight in the restaurant?

    An insect versus a rodent would require completely different measures to both prevent and get rid of.

  • Sanitation

    Although the measures for rodents are different then the common house fly it remains true that regularly cleaning Trash bins, sinks, floors and kitchen equipment will prevent infestations.

    Ensure that your restaurant is clean so that if a pest comes into your restaurant because of contamination within the food supply chain that it’s prevented from spreading.

Although preventing the spread of infestation is important as mentioned above, it cannot be understated the importance of tracking the origins of where the food is coming from to mitigate the risk of infestation.

You as a restaurant owner have the right to engage your supplier on how they are tracking and tracing the food that’s coming into your restaurant.

Empower yourself by asking the right questions:

  • Can they track where food ingredients originated from?
  • Can I have access to this information?
  • Do you have preventive measures in place in case of an infestation or outbreak?

References:

https://www.rentokil.com.au/assets/content/files/rentokil-initial-iot-white-paper-may-2017.pdf
https://www.webstaurantstore.com/article/91/general-pest-control-for-restaurants.html
https://www.foodsafetymagazine.com/magazine-archive1/december-2011january-2012/effective-pest-control-the-essentials-for-food-processing-plants-and-warehouses/
https://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/restaurant-pest-control-a-418.html

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