Food Retail

The food and drink industry contributes £28.8 billion to the UK economy, it employs 400,000 people, and 97% of businesses in the sector are small to medium enterprises. The potential catastrophic damage caused by pest infestations cannot be underestimated. Fines and litigation are the tip of the iceberg, with repetitional damage, and potential closure a far more serious threat. 

Why do you need pest control?

Insects, rodents and birds can contaminate food and work surfaces with urine, droppings and hairs. These contain potentially harmful pathogens that can spread diseases like E. coli and Salmonella. Whole batches of food can be destroyed, rejected by quality control, or recalled if contamination is found. 

Compliance with the law

Protecting your business from pests and meeting your legal and customer requirements under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the Food Safety Act 1990 and the Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006 is key. Failure to comply often results in prosecution and hefty fines, alongside irreversible reputation damageand your reputation might not recover. 

How we can help

Contego offer a comprehensive pest control service for the food industry including;

  • Rodent prevention, control and proofing works
  • Insect prevention and control
  • Bird proofing works, trapping and eradication programmes
  • Biologist/Technical inspections and reporting service
  • Supply and service of Electronic Fly Killers
  • Supply and fitting of insect screens for doors and windows
  • Leading specialist pest control and auditing services specifically tailored to your site needs and audit criteria
  • Specialist pest control and auditing: BRC, AIB, TESCO, Marks & Spencer

What you can expect from us

A Contego biologist will visit your site and inspect every aspect of your current pest control measures. They’ll identify any potential proofing and housekeeping issues on your site and they’ll provide you with a comprehensive written report for your records. 

Our Biologists can be used on a consultancy basis where you already have a pest control service but you require independent inspections as part of your accreditation status. 

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