New pest management code re-launched for food industry

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 1st February 2012

The Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association (AEPMA) has re-launched its November 2011 Code of Practice for the management of pests in the food industry. The code defines best practice requirements for food business and premises.

Australian food safety specialist, Gavin Buckett says that the new Code of Practice brings a new level of professionalism and understanding to pest control for the food industry.

The new Code of Practice complements the requirements of the Food Standards Code and provides added guidance on specific management controls that are consistent with the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) systems for food safety.

AEPMA President, David Gay says, “Each year 18,000 Australians are hospitalised with food-borne illnesses and 120 people die”.

The AEPMA states the aim is to partner with the food industry to dramatically reduce the number of food-borne illnesses.

The Code of Practice issued by AEPMA can be found here