AIB Changes 2009 Inspection Standards

11/24/2009


AIB Changes 2009 Inspection Standards

 

The American Institute of Baking International (AIB) has made significant changes to its 2009 standards for inspection.  Schendel recently hosted a training seminar for our food grade clients with Al St. Cyr, AIB’s Head of Food Safety Education.  St. Cyr did a great job outlining AIB changes related to pest management programs, and I thought it would be helpful to summarize some of his comments here.  Since this is just a general overview, you should contact us directly if you have specific questions or concerns about the pest management program in your inspected facility.  

 

Facility Assessment

Critical Requirements:

   * Personnel conduct an annual assessment of the facility, evaluating all areas inside and outside.
   * Assessment Results and Corrective Actions are documented and used to develop and update the IPM Program.
   * Assessments are conducted by trained IPM personnel, either from the pest management provider or provided from within the facility

     

    Signed Contracts

    The following are added contract requirements:

       * Facility name
       * Facility contact person
       * Frequency of services
       * Description of contracted services and how they will be completed
       * Term of the contract
       * Equipment and material storage specifications, where applicable
       * Scope of emergency service calls
       * Service records to be maintained
       * Requirement to notify facility of any changes in service or materials used

       

      Credentials and Competencies

      Critical Requirements:

         * Applicators provide verification of GMP training.
         * The facility maintains a current copy of the pest management company license issued by the appropriate government body, if required.

         

        Exterior Rodent Monitoring Devices

        Critical Requirements:

            * All exterior monitoring devices are inspected at least monthly.  These devices are to be checked more often when activity levels increase.

           

          Interior Rodent Monitoring Devices

          Critical Requirements:

          Based on the detailed facility survey, interior monitoring devices are placed in sensitive areas specific to the rodent species, and other areas of pest activity, including:

             * Incoming materials warehouses or primary storage areas for raw materials
             * Maintenance areas with exterior access
             * Staging areas where materials are placed after delivery from the warehouse
             * Finished product warehouse areas
             * Areas with the potential for rodent access due to traffic patterns or activities that take place
             * Overhead areas when roof rat activity is evident or likely
             * High traffic areas
             * Both sides of doors that open to the exterior of the facility

             

            Pheromone Monitoring Devices

            Minor Requirement:

               * Facilities that handle materials prone to stored product infestations (e.g., grains, cereals, spices, or herbs) implement a comprehensive pheromone monitoring program.

               

              Critical Requirement:

                 * Pheromone monitoring devices are installed according to label requirements.
                 * Pheromone monitoring devices are inspected on a defined frequency.

                The facility documents the types and quantities of insects found during device inspections and uses the information to identify and eliminate the source of activity.




                 

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