Nowhere else is pest management more important than in a food premises. The potential of spreading food borne illnesses increases as hygiene standards lower and pest activity increases.
All local governments in Australia undertake health inspections of food premises. Until 2010 only NSW published premises that were issued Penalty Notices or Prosecutions against the Food Regulations. That is all about to change. During 2010 most States announced the development of a 'scores on doors' policy for all food premises.
Pests such as cockroaches, flies and rodents may visit unhygienic places such as sewers and rotting organic matter and then access food preparation areas. They may carry and transmit diseases such as Salmonella and many other bacteria, worms, viruses and protozoa onto the food or food preparation areas resulting in food poisoning, gastroenteritis, dysentery, hepatitis, typhoid fever, and more.
The purpose of this brochure is to provide you with information on what your pest management technician may do for you and actions you need to undertake to maximise the benefit of their treatment.