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#1 rosynella

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Posted 14 April 2015 - 06:33 PM

Hi Food Safety friends,

I have an issue with birds entering my production area from time to time (we are addressing the entry points as we speak).
When one is observed, production is halted or not allowed to start until it has been killed or has left the building.

My boss is adamant that since majority of the lines are covered, especially the filling and capping areas, this is not an issue and the lines should be able to run regardless.

How can I explain the seriousness of this occurrence referring to documented procedures or requirements (he responds well to these)or is it not an issue because of the coverings?

R.


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#2 trubertq

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Posted 14 April 2015 - 06:55 PM

No production while there's a bird in there , and tell him if he gets a recall due to salmonella he'll rue the day he decided to run during a bird strike!!

 

Have a look online see if you can rootle out an article to back up your point.


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#3 ChocoTiger

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Posted 14 April 2015 - 09:06 PM

http://www.ifsqn.com...ding-off-birds/

 

A previous thread on birds in production.

 

http://www.qualityas...management.aspx

 

http://ovocontrol.co...ing-facilities/

 

https://www.extensio.../FS/FS-22-W.pdf

 

Some articles about the dangers of bird pests in production facilities.


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#4 rosynella

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Posted 14 April 2015 - 11:12 PM

Quite informative ChocoTiger. Thanks.


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#5 ChocoTiger

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Posted 14 April 2015 - 11:14 PM

You're very welcome, rosynella!  The thread from last December is my personal favorite.


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#6 bobbynajar

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Posted 17 February 2016 - 09:16 AM

One of my friend is also fedup with this pests in his hotel kitchen .He tried to keep it clean and control the pests but nothing worked. Is there anything else that can be done to get rid of them.


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#7 trubertq

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Posted 17 February 2016 - 11:42 AM

Employ a professional pest controller. Having pests in your kitchen could lead you to being closed on the spot, not worth the risk IMO.

 

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#8 QAGB

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Posted 17 February 2016 - 02:41 PM

Hi Food Safety friends,

I have an issue with birds entering my production area from time to time (we are addressing the entry points as we speak).
When one is observed, production is halted or not allowed to start until it has been killed or has left the building.

My boss is adamant that since majority of the lines are covered, especially the filling and capping areas, this is not an issue and the lines should be able to run regardless.

How can I explain the seriousness of this occurrence referring to documented procedures or requirements (he responds well to these)or is it not an issue because of the coverings?

R.

 

 

I wish I could get management to see the importance of shutting down as well. We do all the typical bird removal "encouragement" that most other plants do, except the moving decoy objects. We use screens, bird off repellent, spikes, noise makers, and most of our dock buffers are sloped so they can't roost. The problem is that someone in the warehouse will open up a door and not put up a screen. We then get bird visitors. Our building is full of nooks and crannies and we have a ton of high warehousing space, so we can't get to the birds when they come in. We turn off all the lights and open a dock door. We then hope we can get the bird to leave (if we can even see it).

 

Production never shuts down during this process, especially since most of the time the bird is contained in the warehouse. We have had one occasion where the bird made it to the production area, but we were able to get the bird back towards the warehouse (and then it was never seen again). The same argument is made here, because most of our process is enclosed. My concern is really with the fact that we have tanks, blenders, silos, and mixers. They don't all get opened regularly, but if someone is cleaning out a tank or opening a hatch and the bird happens to get in before the tank door is closed, we would have a problem.

 

 

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#9 Su Lei

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 04:40 AM

As for our factory, we can control not to enter birds into the production room. But in the warehouse and yard, there have so many birds such as sparrows and pigeons. However we closed the door, they can enter into warehouse. Now we are planning to into the Plastic Shield at the entrance of the warehouse to prevent the entering birds. But for the yard, we cannot control them. No pest controller can control the birds in our country.

So could you please advice me to prevent entering and going around the yard.


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#10 scampi

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 04:49 PM

Perhaps you need an anter room on each exterior door with negative pressure (blowing out not in) . If you cannot find a way to remove/deter etc the birds, then the only option you have to prevent them from entering the production area(s) as much as possible.

Open exterior door, enter a small room with a closed door, do not open 2nd door until outside door is closed


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