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World Food Safety Day 2021: Pest-Proof Your Kitchen

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“Safe food today for a healthy tomorrow.” This is the theme for World Food Safety Day 2021.

We are recognising the roles that pest prevention, pest control, and proper proofing equipment play in ensuring the safety of the food we feed our families, our friends, and our customers.

The World Health Organization estimates that 600 million people become ill due to a foodborne illness every year. Over 400,000 people die. Every year. From contaminated food or poor food handling practices.

We all have a story about bad food.

Contaminated food can contain viruses, bacteria, even parasites that can cause life-threatening diseases, especially in individuals with compromised immune systems or underlying conditions.

Food safety is nothing to take lightly…

So what can we do?

While most of us don’t have much say in how our food is handled before it ends up in our grocery stores, we do have a say in how it’s treated when it reaches our homes, grocers, and restaurants.

There are professionals we can turn to who can case our homes and businesses to make certain mice, rats, and insects can’t find their way in to dance their dirty feet all over Mum’s Yorkshire puddings.

The feces and urine of mice and rats carry diseases that are as nasty to contract as they are to say.

For example…

Leptospirosis – You can become infected with this through eating food or drinking water that has been contaminated by the urine of rodents.

Salmonellosis – Yep. Feces and urine again. People can get this by eating food or drinking water that’s been contaminated by an infected rodent.

These diseases are unsettling to think about. And there are steps you can take to reinforce your home or business against the animals that carry these bacteria, viruses, and parasites.

The right stuff…

Pest control and prevention specialists have the tools to assess a premises and shore up voids and points of entry. One of the main entry points happens to be very common, and easily remedied with MouseMesh Air Brick Vent Covers and Inbuilt Air Bricks.

Pest control professionals have efficient means to deal with an active infestation.  You will be spared lost time and expense due to an outbreak. Or the heartache of dealing with the social fallout from food contamination.

Anyone in the restaurant industry knows the stress caused by the health inspector’s visit. Imagine not having to deal with that because you know you don’t have a pest problem.

You’ve called your pest controller. They’ve installed MouseMesh vent covers on your property. Sealed up the gaps in walls and around appliances. Dealt with any current pest issues.

World Food Safety Day doesn’t stop here.

Take proactive steps to protect your family, your business, and your food today, for a healthy tomorrow and beyond.