If you run a business in the hospitality sector, you’ll know that food hygiene regulations are very stringent. A lapse in food quality or contamination can cost your business dearly in terms of lost reputation or you might even be forced to close. Not to mention the hazard it poses to public health.
A pest problem is just one of the reasons why the food you produce or sell might become contaminated, so controlling pests is a crucial part of your business operations. Pest control is also a part of the Food Hygiene Rating for your business.
Food Hygiene Ratings
This is a scheme which is run by local authorities in England, Northern Ireland, and Wales. Restaurants, pubs, cafes, takeaways, hotels, supermarkets, and other food outlets are all given a rating from a food safety officer who looks at:
- How food is prepared, cooked, reheated, cooled and stored
- The condition of the premises in which food is produced, prepared, and stored
- What the business does to make sure the food it produces or sells is safe
- The business is then given a rating from 0-5, and 5 is the best possible rating.
What happens if you’re given a low hygiene rating?
Businesses that are rated 0 or 1 need to urgently improve their hygiene standards. Food safety officers give guidance on what improvements should be made and how quickly they must be made. If there’s a high risk to public health however, they can close a business down immediately.
Even if this doesn’t happen, food hygiene ratings can be seen by the public, so if your business is given a low rating, you’ll lose customers and your reputation will be damaged.
How we can help
As part of our inclusive contracts, we offer a range of tailored solutions to help keep your premises pest-free and operating as normal. As well as eliminating pests, we can provide advice on how to proof your premises against pests.
Every pest control method we use is approved for use in food production and storage areas, where some traditional poisons are prohibited.
Contego will help you take control today. For excellent service at an affordable price, look no further than one of the leading pest control firms in the UK.
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Can You Work On A Reactive Only Basis?
Yes, We can put together a framework agreement on a local/regional or national basis with agreed costs and a central portal for monitoring and managing pest risk on your sites.
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Is Your Falconry Subcontracted Out?
No, at Contego we have one of the largest in house bird of prey teams in the country, with specialy trained bird control falconers covering every region of the uk.
Can You Handle 4 Hour Callouts?
Yes, we have a number of clients on a national basis who have 4 hour callouts built in to their SLAs for high risk pest activity.
Do You Provide Pest Control Audits?
Yes, we carry out pest control audits and biologist inspections across the uk.