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Pest Control, Food Safety And UK Law

Food safety is critically important for anyone who runs a business selling, making or serving food. This applies to restaurants and bars, cafes, pubs and takeaways. Plus, it can also include shops that sell food, and anywhere that stores or processes food. If you run one of these types of business, you must maintain a hygienic establishment. Not only is this important for protecting customers, but it’s also the law. In fact, when it comes to food safety, the UK has some of the world’s most stringent rules.

Food safety rules that you should know about

The main food safety law in the UK is the Food Safety Act of 1990. This law basically states that a business may not:

  • Sell food that is dangerous to a customer’s health
  • Sell low quality or contaminated food
  • Present / advertise food in a way that is false / misleading

Other laws include The Food Safety and Hygiene Regulations of 2013, which is essentially very similar. Flouting any pest control regulations is a serious matter, but those involving food can have far reaching consequences.

To be more specific, these laws require that you follow HACCP techniques. This stands for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point. These techniques cover things like the following:

  • Identifying areas that are vulnerable to food hazards
  • Deciding which of these points are critical for food safety
  • Implementing control and monitoring procedures at these points
  • Routinely reviewing these hazards, as well as control and monitoring procedures

How this protocol applies to pest control

The procedures involved in HACCP for pests are straightforward. Business owners must regularly look out for signs of pests, and assess for circumstances where an increased risk of pest infestations is possible. If an infestation is found to be present, action must be taken to eliminate it. Finally, you are required to maintain an ongoing, consistent record of the occurrence of pests, and note down what measures you used to tackle the situation.

cockroaches in the kitchen

The purpose of the above laws is simply to prevent things like food poisoning and food spoilage. They are also meant to prevent food contamination and allergic reactions. Not following these laws can have serious consequences. For example, you may face financial penalties or have to compensate customers and employees.

Your business may also suffer a devastating blow to its reputation. This is why it’s extremely important to keep you kitchen in a hygienic condition. Adequate pest control is crucial, and having regular pest control maintenance in the form of a pest control contract is advisable. To comply with these laws you need to keep your kitchen free of pests at all times. Pests contaminate food and can spread disease.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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