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Pest Management at Food Processing Facilities – Recent Developments in Germany

Gerhard Karg, Rochus Wallau


Pests are not only undesired in the food sector, but relevant in terms of the law: many food regulations explicitly deal with this issue. In the standard EU legal area, important framework conditions exist, but there are special food laws and developments on the national level as demonstrated in the following example from Germany.

Dr. Gerhard Karg studied biology at the University Kaiserslautern, where he also earned his PhD in animal physiology. After several years as a Post-Doc in Sweden and New Zealand he underwent his training as a pest control operator and started his own business. After an interval as a key account manager at a distribution company for pest control products he was granted the title “publicly certified expert” for pest control. At the beginning of 2018 he expanded his company forming BUGS GmbH Sachverständigen Büro Dr. Karg und Kollegen; Rochus Wallau studied law, philosophy and Germanic studies at the University of Bonn. After several years as a criminal defense lawyer in the field of economic and environmental criminal law, he gained experience as a consultant for food law in the Federation of Food Law und Food Science (BLL e. V.) in Berlin. Since August 2014 he has acted as the Head of the Department for Food Law and Quality Management with one of the leading German retailers.

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