U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspectors can be very specific when locating this problem in a food processing facility, and they tend to exit with precise counts of the evidence, such as the number of rodent excreta found at every location. These are pests that might carry foodborne pathogens, or, at a minimum, result…

(Patricia Hottel is technical director at McCloud Services in South Elgin, IL, a leader in integrated pest management solutions serving the food supply chain of custody.)

The improper handling of water and organic debris in food facilities during food preparation and cleaning can contribute to pest problems such as cockroaches and small flies. The proper