Food Facilities Honored for Pest Management

Four facilities were named 2011 Gold Medal IPM Partner Award winners by Orkin, The IPM Institute of North America and NSF International for their commitment to integrated pest management (IPM).

IPM is an environmentally friendly pest management approach that emphasizes multiple methods of non-chemical pest control and prevention. The four winning facilities were honored for their adherence to comprehensive IPM programs that focus on vigilant sanitation, prompt adherence to structural pest management recommendations, diligent record keeping and staff participation in IPM training sessions.

“The key to any successful IPM program is partnership,” said Orkin Director of Quality Systems Zia Siddiqi. “By working closely with their Orkin teams, the 2011 award winners have proven that a strong partnership goes a long way in earning high scores on third-party audits and achieving pest management goals.”

The 2011 winners, selected from among approximately 50 nominees from across the country, are:

* Tarrier Foods Corp. (Columbus, Ohio) – One of the country’s largest producers and co-packers of chopped candies, ice cream toppings and salad toppings.

* Turano Florida Bun (Orlando, Fla.) – A state-of-the-art baking facility offering world-class soft bun products to the Southeast restaurant and foodservice markets.

* Petco Distribution Center #198 (Joliet, Ill.) – One of four main distribution centers for the leading specialty retailer of premium pet food and supplies.

* Petco Distribution Center #499 (Aurora, Colo.) – One of six regionally based distribution centers for the leading specialty retailer of premium pet food and supplies.

Now in its eighth year, the Gold Medal IPM Partner Awards began as an effort by Orkin and The IPM Institute of North America to encourage the use of IPM and other environmentally friendly pest management practices.

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