1. What is IMM MD?
Mating disruption (MD) is the use of a non-toxic synthetic replica of the female-produced sex pheromone to suppress, deny, or delay the mating cycle of IMM adults.
2. How does IMM MD work?
There are three principle modes of action for IMM MD including sensory overload, false-trail following, and delayed mating. False-trail following is often considered the most important mode of action.
3. How do we use IMM MD?
There are three critical steps for a proper MD program: (1) Calculate the volume of the facility; (2) select the application rate according to label directions, considering abundance of insects; and (3) distribute the dispensers in a grid-like pattern throughout the treatment site.
4. What is the most important part of an IMM MD program?
Managing expectations. IMM mating disruption does not kill or eliminate IMM like traditional insecticides. As part of an IPM program, it is important to discuss the specifics of your program with your provider and understand the merits and usage of mating disruptants, so you know what to expect, and when and if, other IPM methods may be needed for en-hanced efficacy.
5. What about the cost associated with an IMM MD program?
Mating disruption provides three to 12 months of coverage per application depending on the product chosen. While the initial cost may seem high, the value can be shown through a comparison with your current control or management program. How many ULV insecticide treatments, IGR treatments, fumigations, discarded products, plant shutdowns, and other costs can be replaced with a successful mating disruption program?
Rentokil Steritech, part of Rentokil North America, a division of Rentokil Initial – the global leader in commercial pest control – is proud to introduce Lumnia, a new environmentally friendly fly control solution for businesses. Lumnia is the first range of insect light traps in the world to use LED lighting, providing up to 61% savings in energy costs when compared to traps using traditional fluorescent tubes. Lumnia units are suitable for all business segments including small cafés to large food manufacturing sites, as well as high dependency businesses.
1. Why are insect light traps, like Lumnia, so important to businesses around the world?
As most business operators know, flies are vectors of disease, with the potential to endanger the health of humans and livestock, as well as create contamination risks. They are capable of carrying over 200 pathogens such as Salmonella and E. coli. Even a single fly in a sensitive or food production area can cause contamination. Today’s food and beverage manufacturers must meet rigorous regulatory and third-party audit requirements, increase efficiency, and lower costs. Finding a single insect light trap solution to meet all of those demands can be difficult. Lumnia was designed to help clients with their fly control. With high-output LED lamps, our ILTs are optimized to attract and catch more flies while reducing energy costs — reducing risk, helping them exceed regulatory/audit standards, and providing a more effective solution than traditional fluorescent insect light traps.
2. What separates the Lumnia product range, from other insect fly traps?
With climate change increasingly becoming an issue, businesses seek more sustainable, environmentally friendly ways to reduce their overall carbon footprint. Lumnia is the first insect light trap on the market that can help businesses fulfill sustainability initiatives. Proprietary and patented, Lumnia is the first range of insect light traps in the world to use LED lighting to provide energy cost savings of up to 61% when compared to traps using traditional fluorescent tubes. Lumnia’s LED lamps are a stronger attractant for fly control and have a three-year life span, providing for a more effective fly control solution while reducing power consumption and costs for businesses
3. How does the Lumnia range protect against the potential for contamination?
Contamination is a real risk for food and beverage processors. Traditional insect light traps have the potential to cause “blow back” as insects contact bulbs. LED bulbs, like those used in Lumnia units, do not have this same risk. Lumnia was designed to remove flying insects from food-operating businesses as quickly as possible, minimizing the risk of contamination by encapsulating insects. In addition to using LED lighting, the Lumnia range uses Rentokil Steritech’s unique glueboards to capture and kill flying insects quickly and efficiently. These glueboards reduce the risk of secondary contamination from insect fragmentation.4. How did Rentokil Steritech determine LED lamps were ideal for fly control?
Since 2008, the team of scientists at Rentokil Initial’s Global Technical Centre have researched the physics of how light impacts the biological attraction of flies to a trap. Discovering LED technology, when combined with an insect light trap, was a superior attractant in capturing and killing flies.
LED lights produce intense beams of UV-A light that penetrate further into the surrounding environment and appear more attractive to certain insects than the light that traditional insect lights produce, therefore increasing the efficacy of Lumnia units for businesses.
5. Where can I go for more information?
Please visit https://www.rentokil-steritech.com/fly-control/lumnia/ for more information.
Hygienically designed tools are easier to clean, more durable, and less likely to facilitate cross-contamination than standard cleaning or material handling tools. Amit Kheradia, education and technical support manager at Remco Products, gives the ins and outs of how they can increase food safety.
1. Why is it important that a tool be hygienically designed?
Hygienic tools lack the crevices and nooks that standard tools have that can allow bacteria to hide. Unhygienic tools may also harbor allergens and foreign bodies. Hygienically designed tools have smooth surfaces and angles, eliminating or reducing these danger areas and making the tools easier to clean.
2 . What are the hallmarks of hygienically designed tools?
These are generally defined in 3-A and EHEDG Industry-standard guidelines. Some of the characteristics of hygienically designed tools that set them apart from conventional tools are as follows:
- Smooth surfaces.
- Non-toxic, non-absorbent, corrosion- or wear-resistant under conditions of use.
- Appropriate FDA and/or USDA-compliant materials.
- Rounded corners.
- Self-draining surface.
- No crevices or gaps where contaminants may get lodged during use.
3. How frequently should cleaning tools be cleaned?
The frequency of the cleaning of tools is normally a risk-based decision. Food contact tools are often cleaned after each use, while others may be cleaned weekly. Hygienically designed tools can go longer between cleanings.
As a rule of thumb, tools for handling moist products are cleaned more frequently than tools for handling dry powders. Processing facilities that have environments with high contamination loads must clean tools more often.
4. How should hygienic cleaning tools be stored?
Tools should be stored in a clean, dry area off the floor, and without touching one another. Brooms should be stored with their bristles facing the ground. It is always better to have a dedicated area where tools are stored and maintained as a group. For instance, tools used on processing equipment must be stored on a separate station, away from floor tools.
5 . How does color-coding interconnect with hygienic design?
Color-coding complements the benefits of hygienically designed tools. Color-coding tools acts as a visual cue for identifying different tools, such as in a primary pathogen control area like a ready-to-eat packing and handling room.
In terms of hygiene, this is a high-risk/high-care zone. Tools used on product contact surfaces should be of a different color, and stored and identified separately from, say, brooms used for sweeping floors.
Dr. Virginia Gordon has published papers in numerous scientific periodicals during her career. Her work and success in the fields of toxicology and degradation testing have led to numerous speaking engagements at scientific forums in the U.S., Japan, and Europe. She has 13 patents in the fields of testing for toxicity and degradation and other key parameters critical to the food and pet food industries.
1. What are some benefits of brining MP Bio’s SafTest lipid quality analysis on-site?
Lipid quality is usually the key indicator of overall quality, consistency, and freshness of foods. Lipid quality is continuously changing and therefore should be tested on-site for speed and rapid response to changes in lipid quality. The SafTest system provides cost effective and rapid quality results on fats, oils, and matrices on-site without the time and cost of sending samples out to an external testing lab.
2. How do the results compare to traditional test methods?
The SafTest Methods have demonstrated excellent correlation to traditional AOCS test methods in earlier AOAC Performance Tested Methods Certification. Many articles and studies conducted by the food and pet food industries have shown that the SafTest peroxide, FFA, and fat content tests produce results similar to the comparable AOCS test methods.
3. What variability can be expected in these on-site testing methods?
Lipid quality parameters are continuously changing as are test results, depending on handling, storage, and sampling. Light, heat, head space, and certain materials can affect the lipid quality parameters and may introduce variability in lab-to-lab and method-to-method testing. Lower values of these parameters may exhibit less variability, typically less than 5%, while higher values that are changing more quickly may exhibit variability greater than 20% by any method.
4. How can we make the transition to on-site testing?
With over 15 years of experience in helping industrial laboratories establish new testing methods, MP Bio recommends an on-site training in performing its test methods and evaluating the results. The SafTest kits contain calibrators and a control to ensure standard test performance on-site and full QC analysis. Part of the on-site training includes sample handling, storage, and preparation for analysis.
5. How do we validate and QC new methods?
MP Bio will perform analysis of a sub-set of your samples in its lab and then perform the analysis on-site at your lab. With the full QC of every lot of test kits at MP Bio, key QC results are provided with every kit. This QC data documents the slope, the reagent blank, and the control range for the kit. This allows for the rapid evaluation of test kit performance on-site in your lab. Technical support personnel are available for any questions about results or the analysis of problem samples.