Think a few small bugs won’t hurt you? Think again. Cockroaches are one of the most commonly noted pest insects. They can cause chaos in the food safety standards of a restaurant because they transport harmful microbes on their body surfaces and through their droppings. Cockroaches are also found to be a common allergen for humans.
Last week, after two previous warnings about cockroaches in the kitchen, food safety inspectors returned to a Sydney, Australia Pizza Hut only to discover a cockroach in the food preparation area of the kitchen.
The store was issued with a $650 fine for not taking steps to eradicate the pests, and a second fine for not having warm running water in the kitchen for staff to wash their hands…The Pizza Hut was one of 22 premises the Food Authority fined in its blitz in recent days, in which it issued a total of 27 fines.
They will join more than 175 outlets on the authority’s website, launched last year to "name and shame" businesses that do not comply with NSW hygiene laws.
The best way to deal with cockroaches is to prevent them before they become present. Keep kitchen surfaces clean and store food off the ground. However, if a restaurant already suffers from cockroaches, the problem should be eliminated and the reason behind the infestation should also be addressed. There are various chemicals and traps available for cockroaches, some more traditional than others.
For more information about cockroach infestations, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/nasd/docs/d001201-d001300/d001251/d001251.html
You can also view an FSN infosheet about cockroaches at http://bp3.blogger.com/_Pzk3AzZPULs/R1cP6_KHaiI/AAAAAAAAAFA/MwcjU8l0_y0/s1600-h/iFSN-infosheet-12-5-07.jpg