The period of the year with the highest infestation level

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Photo: gsloan – “Portland Rain” by Flickr

The cause of an infestation is often linked to the period of the year. The Autumn is often mentioned as a cause. But this is a myth. In the Summer it is also possible to have pest related problems. Continue reading “The period of the year with the highest infestation level”

The advantages of pesticide-free methods or the prevention of pests

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Photo: Vanerpaddel – “Viklund_GR-251” by Flickr

In a previous article, the disadvantages of using pesticides were discussed. In this brief article the advantages of a pesticide-free approach are presented: Continue reading “The advantages of pesticide-free methods or the prevention of pests”

Is the use of pesticides allowed to control pests?

Photo: Jack Wolf – “Speared” by Flickr
Photo: Jack Wolf – “Speared” by Flickr

There are variations in the allowance of pesticides for pest control. Variations in the legislation among countries and also in the company policy or the requirements of your customers. Continue reading “Is the use of pesticides allowed to control pests?”

The practice – Advise to really control the prevention of pests

Photo: Jeanne Menjoulet – “Chat marseillais (du panier)” by Flickr

A system on paper is an important base, but the real value lies in its good execution. For that there are some pieces of advice to improve the performance of your pest prevention program. What is meant by pests? Continue reading “The practice – Advise to really control the prevention of pests”

Pest prevention Pest prevention – The pest prevention program

Photo: Mats Hagwall – “Eggmice, Radish And Chive” – by Flickr

The prevention of pests is becoming more and more important in the quality systems. The term pest control is frequently used. However, prevention is better because what isn’t there hasn’t to be exterminated. Continue reading “Pest prevention Pest prevention – The pest prevention program”

What has the ℮-sign to do with product export?

Honey is one of the ingredients of the mint peach iced tea recipe being taught in the VegUcation Tent at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Seventh Annual Pollinator Week Festival, located next to the USDA Farmers Market on Friday, June 24, 2016, outside the USDA Headquarters in Washington, DC. During this event, vendors will display signs labeling produce and prepared food offerings that can be pollinated by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and other animals. A mobile window-box and bee characters help promote awarness of the contributions that pollinator animals make to the food we eat and how we can help them survive. Planting a pollinator garden is one of the ways people can help. To see the Pollinator Week Proclamation, go to http://www.usda.gov/documents/national-pollinator-week-proclamation.pdf The Pollinator Week Festival highlights the work of USDA agencies, other federal departments and institutions such as the United States Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Smithsonian Gardens, and the U.S. Botanic Garden, who along with partners like the National Honey Board, Pollinator Partnership and University of Maryland Extension are working to address pollinator decline. USDA Media by Lance Cheung.
Photo: Lance Chueng – “USDA – Pollinator Week Festival” by Flickr

If your ℮-sign labelled product crosses the borders of your country, it’s important to enquire some points to avoid problems. There is also the possibility to import products labelled with the ℮-sign into the EU or into the 4 EFTA-countries (European Free Trade Association). Continue reading “What has the ℮-sign to do with product export?”

Saving money by optimizing your dosing / weighing system

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In the previous article we have seen the advantages of using the ℮-sign. The costs can be reduced compared to a dosing system without the ℮-sign, the minimum quantity. This doesn’t mean that there can’t be a cost reduction, when the minimum quantity system is used. Continue reading “Saving money by optimizing your dosing / weighing system”

Situation 6 – Need new certificates to export? Don’t be discouraged.

Photo : Tristan Taussac – “Export” par Flickr

In the exporting country there are other certificates, marks or criteria in circulation. For this reason your product is not conforming and cannot be exported. You want to export and it is very important to obtain these required documents. Continue reading “Situation 6 – Need new certificates to export? Don’t be discouraged.”

An explanation of the estimated quantity sign (℮) for the weight or the volume

Example of a product with an e-sign

A system that is widely used in the European food industry is that of the estimated quantity (℮). This sign has nothing to do with the “E” used to indicate additives. The small ℮ appears next to the indication of the weight or volume (in g or kg, ml, or L). Continue reading “An explanation of the estimated quantity sign (℮) for the weight or the volume”