Pest control is an important food safety measure for food businesses. Common pests such as rats, mice and cockroaches can carry bacteria and viruses that can contaminate food and food contact surfaces.
Pests that can be found in food premises include:
- Rodents (eg. rats and mice)
- Insects (eg. cockroaches, flies and ants)
- Birds (eg. pigeons)
Pests are attracted to food premises as they provide shelter, water and a food source.
The Food Standards Code requires food businesses to take all practicable measures to:
- prevent pests entering the premise
- eradicate and prevent pests from inhabiting the premise.
The pest control in food businesses fact sheet contains information on legal requirements and measures to prevent entry of pests or to eradicate and prevent harbourage of pests in food premises.