The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and Implications for Dealing with Nuisance or Pest Birds
Most humans appreciate the beauty and elegance that birds represent in the natural world, but they can become a hazard to humans when they endanger or contaminate our food supply. In these circumstances, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have rightfully moved to protect human health and safety. In 2011, President Obama signed into law the Food Safety and Modernization Act or FSMA, the first major overhaul of our nation’s food safety practices since 1938. In the years following, FDA has issued seven regulations to implement the FSMA. In general, the FSMA now requires preventive actions (versus purely reactive) to protect food from becoming contaminated, including, for example, preventing pest infestation, including birds. FSMA covers the entire food supply chain from “Field to Fork.”
Read the full white paper to learn more about the FSMA requirements and what you can do to prevent pest birds from being a nuisance at your food processing & packaging plants.
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On March 7th, a Portland Oregonian/ Associated Press article (see link below) outlined the use of a product called Avitrol, as the cause of “dead crows falling from the sky and suffering seizures on the ground”, in the Portland, Oregon area. This should not and does not have to happen.
BirdBuffer LLC of Everett, WA, finds the use of poison for bird control, alarming, appalling, and an unacceptable way to control pest-birds. BirdBuffers’ bird control systems employ an effective, safe, non-toxic, and eco-friendly formula that is made from the skin of a grape. It is safe for birds, people and animals. They encourage all pest control companies and facility managers to contact BirdBuffer to learn more about eco-friendly bird-control and prevent this horrible experience from happening again.
You can contact them at (425) 697-4274 or firstname.lastname@example.org://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2018/03/crow_deaths_in_northeast_portl.html
A USAF First Hand Report proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that netting is not the answer for bird control in hangars. BirdBuffer® utilizes a safe and proven eco-friendly, naturally occurring chemical from the skin of a grape (methyl anthranilate) to create a fog/haze that naturally repels birds. Netting only stops overhead activity and soon breaks down. The grape-scented vapor stops birds from wanting to be in the area at all. They find another location and leave.
This full report took some investigation and soon remedied an Air Force base problem that had been circumvented for years. Adjustable, friendly, easy to use, the BirdBuffer® Q4 and TD enable easy applications that can be done by maintenance crews with few instructions and saves thousands of dollars over conventional netting, spiking, and trapping.
Read the first hand report here
NOTE: Rejex-It is now Avian Control Fluid
We are happy to report that after having the BirdBuffer® System operational for several months, we have eliminated the roosting 100% and have gotten rid of the last 10% of birds. We passed our Food Safety Inspection. The Primus Lab inspector reported, “All areas of the facility are protected from the presence of birds with a very effective system that repels them.” (February 28, 2006)
A copy of our certification is below.
Now after several months of using this system, we are able to turn down the output (lower consumption of fluid) to maintain enough haze to warn new birds that might “test” the food plant, that there is no “free lunch here.” Mr. Crawford of BirdBuffer, LLC has been in touch with us and kept us informed of any new settings that we should adjust on the equipment. Their support has been consistent with the quality of their product.
This system is operational during work hours with over 450 employees, successfully. The birds have not habituated to this system either. The bird population stays away by the hundreds. This included blackbirds, pigeons, doves, and other local birds that were previous pests in our food packing plant. A side benefit is the packing area has a pleasant grape odor throughout the complex.
Thank you for your system and support. This system works.
~ Joe Glavach, Manager of Purchasing and Food Safety (Excerpts from letter received March 2006)