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FEATURE Debugging L your facility ike all food processors, bakers and snack manufacturers must deal with pests of all sorts if they want to prepare their products in food-safe fashion. There are those with two wings or four legs, and then there the ones with six, eight or a hundred legs. None are the size of Godzilla, but often they seem just as hard to keep out of the plant. Pest control tops the list of infractions found by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspectors, according to Chengboey Lau, principal scientist for regulatory compliance/food safety at Mondelez International, Deerfield, Illinois, U.S. She spoke at the May 2014 technical conference of the Biscuit & Cracker Manufacturers' Association. Reviewing FDA's database of Form 843 incident reports filed by inspectors during 2013, she found, "(Of) the key areas they're looking at, the top three frequencies are pest control, sanitation and hand washing." The pressure comes from not only regulators but also customers. Hazard analysis critical control points programs encompassed pest control from their inception. It has been included in the Global Food Safety Initiative and its voluntary standards from their start, and it will be part of regulations that implement the Food Safety Modernization Act through mandatory preventive controls. Red flour beetles infect stored cereal products in the southern U.S. and are good fliers; the virtually identical confused flour beetles are more often found in the north, but don't fly. Each is about 0.15 inches long. 80 by Laurie Gorton Keeping insects out of stored ingredients and finished products requires an integrated pest management approach Such heightened awareness increases the need to monitor stored food ingredients and finished products. "Pest control is a key part of everything," said Mel Whitson, regional manager and degreed entomologist, Central Life Sciences, Palm Bay, Florida, U.S. "It requires you to manage every aspect of your operation: who you're buying from, how it's processed by the supplier, how you're receiving it, how you're storing it, how you're using it at your facility and how the plant is managed and sanitized." While birds and rodents pose their own set of problems, it's the bugs that concern this article. "Such pests open the path for other scavengers," Whitson said. "Once the food is compromised, more pests attack. The infestation feeds itself." The types of pests have not changed in recent years, obAugust 2014 / World Grain /

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of World Grain - August 2014

World Grain - August 2014
Table of Contents
From the Editor-in-chief - Fundamentals drive wheat prices
Calendar of Events
Latin American milling conferences
News Review - Interflour to build flour mill in Philippine free-trade zone
San Miguel to double flour milling capacity
ADM Milling completes expansion in Indiana
Bartlett building grain facility in Kansas
Cargill to build grain facility in Arkansas
Grupo Bimbo acquires Ecuadorean baker
Didion Milling names vice-president, business development
GrainCorp buys stake in Egyptian flour miller
Egypt purchases 5.1 million tonnes of wheat in 2013-14
United Grain plans bigger expansion at port
E.U. feed groups want decision on GMs
Toepfer renamed ADM Germany
E.U., EIB to work together on agriculture
Uzbekistan harvests record 8 million tonnes of grain
Ungashick joins World Grain sales team
E.U. sets import duty for first time in nearly four years
CHS earnings up 51% in third quarter
CHS makes management changes
Ardent Mills selects office location
Grain Market Review - Coarse grains
Country Focus - South Africa
Feature - Dawn of a New Era
Ardent Mills partners, executives, bring deep roots in flour milling
Regional Review - A Vital Grain Producer
Regional Review - Overflowing with Oilseeds
Regional Review - Export Challenges
Feature - Using Corn as a 'Lifeline'
LifeLine products
Technical Profile - Demanding the best
Feature - A Growing Issue
Feed Operations - Pellet Mills
Feature - Debugging your facility
Species spotted
Guest Commentary - Unforgettable: How flour saved Berlin
Feature - Olam's rice nucleus program
Rice Quarterly - UN sets acceptable levels of arsenic in rice
New rice mill planned for Arkansas
Italy wants ‘fairer’ rice deal
Thailand province developing jasmine rice
Thailand’s rice price shoots up on drought
Supplier News
Product Showcase
World Grain Archive
Ad Index/Fax Back Program

World Grain - August 2014