Round table: «The certification in pest management business»

The event that took place at the 4th of April, in Agricultural Sciences Institute, with topic “Training in Pest Management”( led to the need of organizing a meeting between the involved organizations for the certification in pest management business. Therefore at the 30rd of September hosted at the building of EOPPEP, the european cofunded project PEST PRACTICE in collaboration with SEAME and EOPPEP organized a meeting with topic: «The certification in pest management business» between the organizations involved, . Representatives of Benakeio Institute (, SEAME (, EOPPEP (, Ministry of Agricultural Development and food (, Institute of Agricultural Sciences (, SEVT ( and  Hellenic Food Authority (EFET) ( participated in the... read more

Food Technology. For Food at its Best.

This video explains how food technology in Europe meets the highest control standards to keep us safe, our food fresh and tasty, and our economy strong. It provides simple explanations such as how the shelf-life of food is prolonged and how food technologies are present in our everyday lives. The video addresses the growing awareness of European consumers who have high expectations on the need for food to be fresh, safe and healthy, but who may not be aware of or feel confident in the food technology used to meet these... read more

Heat Treatment: Precision Fumigation with Benefits

Vasilis Sotiroudas, Food Scientist, Heat Treatment specialist Thessaloniki, Greece   End of an era Use of Methyl Bromide (MeBr) has been banned in most developed countries since 2007. From January 1st 2015, it is not available anywhere as a fumigant for flour mills and other industries. Several fumigation alternatives have been tried around the world with heat treatment being one of them. But how good are these compared to good old MeBr? Can such alternatives be used for precise fumigation, i.e. a tightly controlled and monitored fumigation process? Methyl Bromide has been a good fumigant, but not excellent since the main disadvantage of gas fumigants is that they need airtight buildings. And in the real world, very few buildings are made airtight or can become airtight with proper sealing work. The majority of buildings will never hold the gas, especially on a windy day or when there are significant temperature differences between day and night.     The Heat Advantage Heat treatment has been practiced worldwide for a few years and is by now deemed a very effective replacement of MeBr for structural fumigation. Insects die at temperatures above 50oC because the proteins in their bodies coagulate, their salt equilibrium becomes damaged and they dry out. All insect stages are affected and no resistance to heat has been observed in the lab or in the field. Electricity, gas, petrol and steam can be used to generate heat for insect extermination. In our work, we have found out that each type of heater has its plusses and minuses. Electrical heaters (Photo 1) are easy to use, easy to handle... read more

Draft for delibaration for the Practice Guide in rodent control and disinfestation businesses.

Draft for deliberation for the Practice Guide in rodent control and disinfestation businesses. The guide will be on deliberation until 18/09/2015. For your comments please contact the following e-mails: 1) (Mr. Sotiroudas) 2) (Mr. Ntemiris). All of your comments will be taken into account for the final approval process of the guide. Related Files... read more