Filipinos love to eat whenever and wherever—may it be in exclusive restaurants, food parks, or street food stalls. But the sad truth is, food cleanliness and safety are not always guaranteed everywhere.
One of the main causes of food contamination is due to rodents that pass on diseases. Rodents are known for being curious and vindictive—they often explore new areas in search of something to eat like the insides of an equipment and food prep surfaces, most especially within food facilities.
Rodents can eat almost everything and survive everywhere—some of them even invade human environments like homes and businesses. In the Philippines, the more commonly found rodents are the black rats and brown rats.
Rodents that lurk on business premises can cause major damage and serious implications not just to business owners but also to their customers who consume infected food or products.
Diseases such as leptospirosis, salmonellosis, and typhoid fever can easily be transmitted through rodents' feces, feet and fur especially if business food owners do not maintain proper sanitation in their area.
According to the Philippine Food Safety Act of 2013, the principal responsibility of food business operators is to ensure that food satisfies the requirements of food law and that control systems are in place to prevent, eliminate or reduce risks to consumers.
If one violates any provision of this act, a fine of P50,000 to P500,000 and suspension of appropriate authorization for one month to six years shall be imposed as penalties.
Rodents can also cause structural damage because it is in their nature to gnaw on any surfaces to keep their teeth trimmed. In fact, more than 25% of businesses report of electrical equipment damage while 20% of businesses suffer for machine downtime.
Thus, if you are among these food businessmen who are having rodent problems in their premises, you can always seek help from a professional partner that is an expert in addressing pest control and food safety to protect your brand and reputation.
With more than 100 years of experience in the pest control industry globally, and more than 50 years in the Philippines, Rentokil is one of the trusted specialists in having a quality integrated rodent management (IRM).
Since rodents are proven to be a real threat to food safety, and pesticides also pose risk of contamination if not correctly applied, Rentokil's integrated rodent management program is there at your utmost service.
Integrated Rodent Management (IRM) focuses on prevention to help you mitigate the risk of infestation with four (4) holistic approach: Exclusion, Restriction, Destruction and Monitoring. It includes three (3) line defense from outside perimeter to inside the premises. Removal of food and harborage sites, elimination of pests (both non-chemical and chemical approach) and monitoring to ensure that all protection measure is working and that they continue to work even after control has been achieved.
Rentokil also has qualified local service technicians with global knowledge on rodents, backed up with relentless innovation. They provide expert advice and recommendation to prevent rodent access to your premises as well as the use of appropriate monitoring and systematic controls in highly sensitive production and storage areas for protection from potential food contamination.
With Rentokil as a trusted partner, every businessman can now ensure food safety in their establishments that would give their customers the best dining experience.
For inquiries about Rentokil's integrated rodent management, visit its official website or contact them at (02) 8333 5842 or 1800 10 3973787 (Toll Free).
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