AEPMA launches pest management handbook for food service operators
The Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association (AEPMA) has compiled a pest management handbook for food service business operators.
As well as helping commercial kitchen operators choose the right professional pest manager, the book also offers tips and advice on how to self-manage an environment that is attractive to pests, where it is appropriate.
AEPMA President David Gay says the handbook also gives some guidance on the effectiveness and suitability of pest management products and devices.
“Keeping kitchens clean of pests is taken seriously by the relevant authorities with fines of up to $100,000 if regulations aren’t adhered to. And that’s before civil suits that may result from customers falling ill as a result of a pest infestation,” Gay said.
The handbook details the types of pests likely to be found in a kitchen and discusses the concept of integrated pest management, which includes a wide range of control options from planning to inspections and actual pest destruction or deterrent.
The booklet encourages food service business operators to visit their relevant state health authority websites to make sure they understand their responsibilities when it comes to pest management.
An online version of the handbook and the AEPMA Code of Practice can be found at www.aepma.com.au.
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