Pest Management Services
Many challenges face the food industry. Pests, and the contaminants they transmit, pose a threat to every food operation. Keeping your plant and products free of pests and contaminants is critical to the success of your organization.
To prevent these adversities from becoming costly problems and to meet or exceed the requirements of internal and external pest management audits, it is extremely important that you develop a strong partnership with a pest management firm which understands your needs and has extensive experience in food industry pest management and sanitation.
IFC - Your Partner in Providing Pest Management & Sanitation Solutions
An Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Strategy
Preventing problems before they become critical is the key element of success in the IPM strategy at IFC. We focus our efforts on prevention and sound methods of Integrated Pest Management. To accomplish these objectives, our IPM program contains the following elements:
- Facility Inspection - Physical & Operational
A comprehensive IPM assessment will be performed at your facility by IFC's highly trained and experienced staff.
- Detailed Report
Following the inspection, we will provide a comprehensive report of the observations with our recommendations for a preventive pest management and sanitation strategy.
- The Pest Management Program
Our experienced personnel will outline a detailed IPM Program customized specifically for your facility.
IFC's Program Objectives are:
- To ensure that your facility and products are pest free and exceed the requirements of internal and external pest management audits.
- To establish a superior food safety program employing IPM for the prevention and control of pests in your facility with emphasis on cleaning, trapping, monitoring and harborage removal, thereby reducing the use of pesticides whenever practical.
- To establish techniques, procedures and practices within the sanitation and quality control program that ensure the performance results specified by you and IFC.
IFC is continuously pursuing the latest advancements in Integrated Pest Management technology. Our most recent IPM tool addition, a pest and rodent control tracking system, utilizes laser scanners, bar codes and specifically designed software to collect and report comprehensive data on pest activity and service work performed at a location. The ProTrak™ Service makes IFC the ideal service provider choice for your facility.
Our electronic system tracks pest and service activity by means of a bar code label that is attached to plant locations and individual pest management devices. Service personnel scan the bar codes with a portable scanner, answer specific questions for devices and areas (Operational Y/N?, Activity Y/N?, Bait Replaced Y/N?, etc.) This data is then compiled into comprehensive real time reports, diagrams and comparison graphs which can be used to track pest activity, analyze problems and implement corrective solutions.
As a value added enhancement to our Contract Service (see below), the ProTrak™ system allows you and IFC to quickly and easily monitor, track and report pest activity and trends at your facility. This comprehensive information, stored in a digital format, is a powerful tool in helping you understand pest activity and for maintaining high audit scores.
IFC's ProTrak™ service allows you and IFC to quickly and easily monitor, track and report pest activity within your facility.
PEST MANAGEMENT SERVICES
Our IPM Service Program provides superior food safety protection against rodent, bird and insect pests. Critical to our IPM service design is protecting the quality and integrity of your products, as well as your brand names.
IFC's highly trained fumigation specialists are the leaders in the industry. Our fumigation teams are certified and comprehensively trained in safety and current techniques for fumigating all types of containers, ships, barges and structures containing food and non-food products.
INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT (IPM)
A successful IPM program requires a commitment from both IFC and the customer. By definition, IPM is the implementation of the best available options to control pests. The tools brought to you by IFC are specifically trained labor, equipment, and materials to control and prevent pests. The most important tool IFC brings to you is our expertise. Knowledge of pests in food plants, their habits and the laws surrounding pest management issues, is one of IFC's major assets. The customer controls the physical environment in which the pests are prone to inhabit and the customer's active participation is an essential element to a successful IPM program.
IFC TECHNICIAN TRAINING
The main focus in all IFC's training is protecting health/safety and reducing risk. Compliance with labels and labeling, as well as implementing the safest and most effective methods, are the main components of IFC's integrated pest management program. For IFC personnel, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Company have been designed to supplement legal requirements and add additional precautions, based on our many years of industry experience. These procedures are implemented during our employee training programs and reviewed during territory and regional safety meetings.
IFC conducts its own comprehensive in-house training of all personnel on applicable Federal, State, local regulations concerning EPA, OSHA, DOT, FDA and USDA. Additionally, IFC personnel are required to attend state training programs.
IPM SERVICE NOTEBOOKS
A Service Notebook is customized to meet your specific requirements. This Service Notebook is maintained in a central location and contains all of the IPM program information and all required legal documentation.
CORPORATE REVIEW OF IPM PROGRAM
A major component of the IFC Quality Control Program is the evaluation of each plant's program. All programs are evaluated on an ongoing basis by the Territory Manager and by a corporate representative on a pre-determined schedule.
IFC can provide basic IPM training to our customer's employees. We suggest this be done on a regular basis. Also, IFC will provide any additional training that will enhance the IPM program.
In addition, IFC and Food Industry Sanitation Auditors (FISA), a division of IFC, also provides extensive training seminars for IFC's customers. These two-day seminars covering good manufacturing practices and product stewardship training are among the finest available in the U. S. and are presented by some of the nations most informed experts. These seminars are also approved for recertification credits for most states. In many cases, IFC assists State regulatory agencies with required certification training programs. For additional information, please contact your IFC representative or visit our FISA page for our Seminars Page.
CHLORINE DIOXIDE STERILIZATION
Chlorine dioxide is a sterilant gas registered by the EPA that effectively destroys or eliminates all forms of microbial life. This includes fungi, viruses, and all forms of bacteria including spores. It has been used in the liquid form since the 1950’s as a water treatment for drinking water and since the 1980’s for numerous other decontamination applications. Chlorine dioxide gas is a yellow-green color and has a distinctive chlorine odor. As a gas, it cannot be stored long term, so several processes have been developed for on-site gas generation.
The process utilized by IFC has better control capabilities than others, can be shut down at any time if necessary, and does not produce troublesome liquid wastes. The process produces pure dry gas without acid contaminants that can be corrosive. A wide variety of sensitive and expensive equipment has been treated without adverse effects.
Although applied as a gas the objective is to treat surfaces and penetrate microscopic scratches and other pathogen harborages. CD can penetrate water and food residues, but it is not intended for food or commodity treatments. Excessive residues, organic loads or surfaces such as unsealed concrete may require higher levels of gas or longer exposure times.