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Occasionally, someone asks about a change in some food safety standard or law. They say they didn’t know about this “new” requirement until an auditor or government inspector told them they were out of compliance. Usually, after some investigation, it’s found the requirement isn’t clearly stated anywhere, meaning it’s another case of differing interpretations of the same requirement. This is compounded by the fact that variations in these regulations can differ from state-to-state, county-to-county, and municipality-to-municipality. For instance, one live cockroach may cause different consequences in one location compared to another nearby location. The same is true for flies, mouse droppings, and other pests and pest evidence.
There is a trend occurring in the United States, and it has many faces. It may look like the organic section at the local supermarket or it may look like a natural food store. It looks like a new candy bar made from crickets or milk-less cheese products. Everywhere you look specialty foods are a popping up. It’s no wonder, with food-related ailments on the rise, people are cutting out everything: gluten, processed foods, dairy, nuts, and the list goes on and on. Back in the day, we didn't have terms like "trans fats" and "carbing out." More and more Americans are getting educated about the foods they eat, and that puts more pressure on the food industry to take greater measures to protect against food-borne illnesses.
Insect light traps (ILTs) are the primary deterrent used to keep flies and other flying insects from spreading harmful bacteria in restaurants, supermarkets, and other commercial establishments. They are a great alternative to pesticides and a significant contribution to public health. But the bulbs in these units can be costly over time. But, researchers at University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are studying the effectiveness of insect light bulbs over time to determine if these bulbs are still viable beyond manufacturers’ recommendations to replace bulbs once a year.