Would you like some extra protein with your meal?


Sometimes the easy solution to a pest control problem may not be the best solution, especially when food is involved .  This fly encrusted tape, observed in a kitchen during my routine inspection, is serving as a potential contaminant of food and equipment that may only get worse as it attracts more insects.  Even though the insect’s legs are stuck to the tape, the laws of gravity may take their toll on the rest of the fly’s decaying body. Needless to say, I quickly instructed the Person- In-Charge (PIC) to remove the fly tape and call a licensed pest control operator for assistance.

This serves as a really good reminder—especially since the weather is warming up— to keep all of your exterior doors and windows closed unless they are properly protected by screens and to implement an effective pest control strategy with the assistance of a licensed pest control operator.

Related content from the Rules and Regulations for Food Service:

The presence of insects, rodents, and other pests shall be controlled to minimize their presence and to remove dead or trapped birds, insects, rodents, and other pests to prevent their accumulation, decomposition, or the attraction of pests.

– Contributed by Casey Saenz, EHS3

Violations from the Field

How many food safety violations can you identify in this small kitchen work area?




  • Access to the handwashing sink is being blocked by a cart.
  • The box on the cart contains a large amount of meat that is being held at room temperature.
  • A tub of meat is being stored on top of a trash can.
  • An absorbent wiping cloth is placed under the cutting board.
  • A container of spices is being stored on a visibly soiled cutting board.


What food safety violations do you see in this photo?




  • The only handwashing sink that’s available in this kitchen is blocked by bus tubs and being used as a storage area for bucket lids.


– shared by Jen Birdsong