A Guide to Various Food Safety Standards

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A Guide to Various Food Safety Standards

According to a 2020-report of the World Health Organisation, an estimated 600 million – 1 in 10 people in the world – suffer from food poisoning and associated complications every year.

Unsanitary conditions coupled with disease-carrying pests in food facilities can cause widespread foodborne illness outbreaks. Filth flies in particular are a huge threat to food safety and human health due to their potential to transmit at least 65 known diseases. Furthermore, these insects feed on decaying organic waste and carry over a million pathogens on their bodies.

Hence, food safety regulations are an absolute necessity across the food supply chain. Let’s take a look at some of these regulations.

Food Safety Modernisation Act Compliance

The United States government implemented the Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA) in 2015 to transform the nation’s food safety system. The legislation aimed to shift the focus from responding to food-borne illnesses to preventing them.

Hence, the government established a proactive system for the food industry through which it could easily implement various measures to prevent contamination. It mandated the implementation of minimum standards for the Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Control (HARPC) provisions and its other derivatives in all food facilities.

HACCP or HARPC Compliance

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) is a systematic preventive approach that tackles various biological, chemical, and physical hazards in production processes. It was established in the late 1960s as a system to be used at all stages of the food supply chain — from food production to preparation processes. Over the years, it has been recognised internationally as a tool for adapting traditional post-production inspection methods for modern food safety systems.

Implementation of the HACCP regulation in facilities involves monitoring, verifying, and validating that the daily work complies with regulatory requirements at all stages. It requires facilities to maintain certain documents such as:

  • Hazard analysis and written HACCP plan
  • Records documenting the monitoring of
    • – Critical control points
    • – Critical limits
    • – Verification activities
    • – Processing deviations

Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls (HARPC) is similar in concept to HACCP guidelines, though not applicable to any HACCP or USDA-regulated facilities. It provides a preventive framework, designed to identify specific potential threats to the food supply chain and implement appropriate steps to counter them.

HARPC requires the owner, operator, or agent in charge of a food facility to prepare a written plan to:

  • Evaluate the hazards that could affect food manufactured, processed, packed, or held by the facility
  • Identify and implement preventive controls
  • Monitor the performance of those controls
  • Develop corrective actions if preventative controls are not effective
  • Verify that preventative controls are effective

The importance of food safety to modern human life is difficult to understate. Food safety problems are a leading cause of more than 200 preventable diseases worldwide. Each year, one in ten people suffer from food-borne illnesses or injuries. Further, an estimated 420,000 people die every year as a result of eating contaminated food.

Hence, it is important for facilities to follow food safety regulations and invest in pest management solutions such as LED insect light traps that deliver superior performance, energy savings, and low running costs.

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Easy Count™ Glue Board

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Easy Count™ Glue Board

Food manufacturing facilities use various control techniques to reduce filth flies. But when it comes to numeric assessment for pest monitoring, they seem to have met with little success.

On the other hand, the food handling industry has met the problem head-on with glue board-based fly traps that provide accurate numeric assessments. These light traps are one of the most acceptable fly control solutions in the food handling facilities and have successfully eliminated or reduced the risks of food contamination.

Brandenburg Easy CountTM Glue Board provides statistically accurate fly count using proven sampling techniques. It helps facilities to easily integrate their fly control program with the mandatory HACCP sanitation framework.

How does the Easy CountTM Glue Board work?

Easy CountTM Glue Board contains a uniquely marked grid of white squares for easy sampling. A fixed number of squares are pre-determined and then counted to arrive at the fly catch rate estimate. Even if the glue boards are replaced, the same number of squares are counted each time. This helps to save both time and cost while achieving safety targets. A count record sheet is also maintained to simplify the counting process. The sheet documents the date, Insect Light Trap identification (number or location), a box for each square to be counted, and the total fly catch count.

Advantages of Easy CountTM Glue Board

  • Easy and quick sample counting
  • Cost-effective solution
  • Compliance with the very latest food safety standards
  • Record-keeping on time-related data of species, count, and time
  • Analysis for ongoing continuous improvement
  • Meets food safety regulations such as FSMA and HACCP
  • Compatible with most Brandenburg and competitor units

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Effects of UV Exposure

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Effects of UV Exposure

Although any form of radiation can be hazardous, Ultraviolet (UV) light brings with it a plethora of health risks. Used in daily applications across various industries, it may cause irreparable damage. Let us look at the subcategories of the UV spectrum and understand their effects on human health.

UV spectrum and its subcategories


Characterized by a long wavelength and also known as black light or soft UV, UVA rays are widely used in tanning beds and lamps such as backlights. They are considered to be the least harmful among the three subcategories of the UV spectrum due to their inability to penetrate deep into the skin. Exposure to UVA rays causes wrinkles, sun spots, premature ageing, and potentially some forms of skin cancer.


A medium-wave UV light, UVB can reach the outer surface of the skin to potentially cause cancer as well as skin burns. Despite reaching only the upper layers of the skin, it may be quite damaging. UVB rays are commercially used for curing inks, fluorescent effects, and UV lamps employed in phototherapy.


UVC rays, with the shortest wavelength, are the most harmful among the three subcategories of the UV spectrum and cause severe skin burns and eye injuries (photokeratitis). They are commonly used in welding torches, mercury lamps, and germicidal lights.

Brandenburg uses UVA light for their pest management solutions, keeping in mind human health and food safety. The air sterilisation solutions also use UVC-based Germicidal Technology to eradicate microorganisms.

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Fly Monitoring and Infestation Reduction

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Fly Monitoring and Infestation Reduction

While most food manufacturing facilities use some control techniques for the reduction of filth flies, there has been less success in developing a numeric assessment of the level of monitoring and control of flying insects.
However, glue board-based insect light traps, which are already in widespread use in the food handling industry, can provide this numeric assessment. They are one of the most acceptable fly control solutions for use within a food handling facility and contribute successfully to reducing or eliminating the food contamination potential.

Brandenburg Easy Count Glue Board

The Brandenburg Easy Count Glue Board was developed as a specific aid to obtain the required flying insect counts without significant increase in costs. It was specifically designed to meet the various food safety regulations through well-established scientific methods. By using scientifically proven sampling techniques, the flying insect counts can be easily achieved — allowing facilities to integrate their fly control program with their mandatory HACCP type sanitation system.

Using the Brandenburg Easy Count Glue Board

There are 112 grid squares on a full Easy Count Glue Board, of which 40 are white counting squares. Counting 14 of the white squares would provide a 1/8 sample rate, which is the recommended minimum for a full glue board. When using 14 of the counting squares the sample count is one eighth of the total squares, so the full board count estimate is just the sample count times eight.

It is important to note that the specific squares that are to be counted should be agreed on prior to implementation. Also, these should be used consistently for all counts.

A count record sheet is also maintained to simplify the counting process. The sheet contains the date, the Insect Light Trap identification (number or location), a box for each square to be counted, and the total count for the trap.


  • Enables easy and quick sample counting
  • No significant increase in costs
  • Compliance with the very latest food safety standards
  • Helps in record-keeping on time-related data of species, count, and time
  • Provides analysis for ongoing continuous improvement

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