I have a question about sticky boards. I don’t see anything in the SQF code that speaks against these.
188.8.131.52 states: Electric insect control devices, pheromone or other traps and baits shall be located so as not to present a contamination risk to the product, packaging, containers or processing equipment.
So, in reading that, it seems to be acceptable to use sticky boards…as long as they do not present a risk to our product, packaging etc., they’re ok? Or is this something that is taboo in the industry? I just need to find more information on the acceptability of this. Hope you guys can help! Thanks!
I am assuming you are referring to insect control only?.... sticky boards are more widely used in UK behind the tubes due to the risk of the "zapper" insectocutor spreading the insect guts into foods (some retailer standards even state the distance these devices should be located above open product) also it is good to retain the insects because you can then trend the finds & take action where appropriate.
For rodent sticky boards BPCA (British pest control association) mandate the frequency of checking as 12hours as it considered inhumane to allow rodents to remain on these boards for extended periods of time.
However UK retailers (who essentially control food manufacturers who supply them) are very averse to rodent sticky boards & are campaigning for them to be banned - they are already outlawed in New Zealand.
I am not aware of standards for other regions so it is worth checking - especially if you supply global customers as they may have specific requirements.