The widescale distribution of food is particularly subject to pest management insofar as the hygienic safety and wholesomeness of food placed on the market and in commercial environments is also subject to vermin.
Within the scope of the organised widescale distribution of food the control of vermin is further required by the specific standards which regulate the self-control of food by OSA (Reg. EEC 852/2004). The absence of a risk assessment and implementation of appropriate measures to monitor and reduce risk in the self-control plan may therefore lead to significant penalties by the food hygiene and health watchdog authorities.
It is therefore important to specify that measures to control pests must not lead to a health risk to customers and foodstuff.