The control of pests is a pre-requisite for ensuring food safety wherever food is manufactured, prepared, stored or sold. However, the pest control industry is going through an unprecedented period of change. Changing regulation means that what was once permitted is often now restricted or prohibited, and the food industry itself imposes a further level of restriction over and above the law. In the opening session Dr Matthew Davies, of leading pest control products distributor Killgerm Chemicals, will review the changing face of pest control regulation, and consider what the future might hold.
Statistics produced by specialist pest management consultancy Acheta suggest that a significant proportion of food manufacturing premises have resident rodent infestation. Why is this? Dr John Simmons of Acheta examines some of the underlying causes, and considers whether the pest control elements of BRC, retailer and third party food safety standards are really achieving their objectives.
Technology is likely to revolutionise what has traditionally been a relatively low-tech industry, and pest control contracts are going to have to evolve to accommodate this. In the final session the two doctors jointly review some of the new developments that the pest control industry is already using, and consider what the next 5 to 10 years may bring.
Places are limited to 25 delegates to ensure that this remains an intimate and informative 1/2 day programme for all.
Cost: £35 + VAT (Members), £70 + VAT (Non-members), £15 +VAT (Students) per delegate
Venue: SOFHT Training Room, The Granary, Middleton House Farm, Tamworth Road, Middleton, Staffs, B78 2BD
Continental Breakfast Buffet and certificate of attendance are included in the price.