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Web-based tool counts down to food processor's next food safety audit, dispenses pest control reminders and pre-audit checklists along the way

Jun 03, 2010, 16:44 ET from Orkin, LLC

ATLANTA, June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Atlanta-based pest-control company Orkin has partnered with NSF International, an independent, third-party public health organization, to help food processing and warehouse facilities prepare their pest control programs for food safety audits via

"The idea for was born when we asked our food processing and food warehousing contacts how they stay on top of their duties ahead of food safety audits. Some of them were setting up calendar invites or relying on memory. Given the level of detail and the importance of pest control during food safety audits, we wanted to give them a more efficient and reliable way to manage their pest management responsibilities," explained Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D., Orkin's Director of Quality Systems, which provides quality assurance inspections to Orkin's food processing customers.

To use the new tool, food processing and food warehousing personnel simply go to and enter their next food safety audit date. The web tool counts down the days until the user's next food safety audit, and sends reminders and tips on important dates via email.

"Users can also have the recommendations emailed automatically to their team members so everyone is on the same schedule. The idea is to help food processors avoid surprises and establish an effective food quality and pest management program," notes Jim Bail, NSF's assistant director for food safety and quality.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin's almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/ facilities management, schools and institutions. Learn more about Orkin on our Web site at Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

About NSF International

NSF International is an independent, not-for-profit organization that certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (  Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide, operating in more than 120 countries.  NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.  

NSF's Food Safety Services offers growers, processors, distributors, retailers and food-service operators a total food safety solution.  Services include: food safety and quality auditing and certification through NSF Davis Fresh and NSF Cook & Thurber; Global Food Safety Initiative-benchmarked standards (SQF, BRC, Global Gap, FSSC, IFS, Dutch HACCP); NSF's Restaurant and Supermarket Food Safety programs; MSC, ACC, HACCP validation and inspection through the NSF Surefish Seafood Safety program; organic certification provided by QAI (Quality Assurance International);  bottled water/flavored beverage certification; and management systems registrations through NSF International Strategic Registrations, Ltd.

NSF International also provides high caliber Training and Educational materials in the areas of food safety and water quality. Courses are taught by highly-skilled trainers with a deep understanding in their respective industries.  Impacting public health on a local level, trainings are offered in cities throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. For current course offerings and more information, visit the NSF Training and Education Web site.