The food industry, is one of the largest industries around the world, with many national economies relying heavily on it. Food sustainability is becoming increasingly more important as the years go on. One of the reasons for this is the fact that the population is constantly growing. It is expected, over the course of the next number of years, that the population will reach 9 billion people. The food chain of demand, from the growing population, is also increasing. We simply will not have enough natural resources to keep up with the demand from a population as big as this.
It is estimated that almost one-third of all food produced around the world is discarded or let go to waste. This results in about 1.3 billion tons of waste every year! Within Ireland, it is thought that all households can be held accountable for 117kgs worth of food waste per year! This accumulation of waste can have negative effects on a households finance but it will also contribute to the releasing of methane into the air, which has harmful effects on the environment by contributing to climate change. Food that is wasted and thrown away is brought to landfills, this waste will rot away in these landfills and then produce the most common greenhouse gas, methane. This is why it is vital to monitor waste, within your food business and household. Food waste should be prevented, where possible, at all times. It is vital that the food products purchased are required in order to produce.
Shop smart and do not be tempted by special offers if it’s not necessary. Store all products that are nearing their expiration date at the front, in the fridge/cupboard etc., in hope that they will be utilised. Take caution when serving meals, over-serving can led to unwanted waste. Keep all leftovers and re-work them into the next meal. Ensure that all food products are stored in their appropriate environments, so that premature deterioration will be prevented. It is also good to keep in mind that there are some fruits and vegetables that release ethylene gas, while undergoing ripening. Examples of these fruit and vegetables would include, bananas, avocados, tomatoes, cantaloupes, peaches, pears and green onions. Ethylene has the ability to speed up the ripening of other ethylene-sensitive food products, such as potatoes, apples, leafy greens, berries and peppers. Therefore it would be wise, when storing food products, to separate these fruits and vegetables.
Keeping pests out of the working environment can be challenging at times when reliant on the old standard procedures.. It became clear to us that these were not efficient enough for our particular environment. Although the bait boxes were successful to a degree, there was no way of knowing when the pests were caught or for how long they had been trapped for. We relied on regular site inspections from pest controllers, this caused concern among our clients, by giving off the wrong impression. This led us to Pest Pulse, who provide intelligent pest control solutions through connected devices. Pest Pulse insert a pressure sensor within the traps and when activated, by the presence of a pest, this sensor would immediately notify the pest control company (via internet). A perfect, simple and genius system.
Since installing this hi-tech equipment, we have reduced labour costs and it has assisted us in identifying exact areas where invasion was occurring. This increased level of control has given both our clients and ourselves peace of mind in terms of controlling the pest situation. We can now take comfort from the fact that the pest problem will be dealt with swiftly and efficiently by Pest Pulse and the exterminators.
It is vital, when operating any business (especially a food business) that appropriate pest control procedures are in place. These procedures must be implemented with utmost care, as rodents and insects carry various diseases that have been known to cause harm. If they were to get into a kitchen they could pose a threat to health by contaminating exposed food. The invasion of insects or rodents may also cause harm to employees, or anyone that finds themselves in close contact with the pests. Faeces droppings can be left by rodents either on food or around the environment, in turn leading to serious illness should pest contaminated food enter the body. Not only can pests contaminate food and infest individuals with viruses and bacteria, they can also be to blame for worsening already existing medical conditions, such as asthma. The presence of rodents can also result in property damage.
Therefore it is in the best interest of everyone that insects and rodents are kept outdoors and away from any food environment. Having professional help from companies, such as Pest Pulse, who manage the extermination of pests, is a good way of decreasing potential risk of infestation. Their sole purpose is to ensure the environment is pest free and their hi-tech, modern equipment ensure a job well done to completion.
Check out our feature in this BBC article, on Pest Pulse and see more of what we have to say on this topic, along with our feedback on working with this company.