HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) is a prevention based system to assure food safety. It is used throughout the food industry whether it be on the farm, in a manufacturing plant, or in a retail operation. It is a system that identifies and monitors hazards to food and identifies key processes in the flow of food where these hazards can be controlled.
A HACCP plan is required for the following: sushi restaurants; establishments that conduct vacuum packaging, smoking or curing meats or fish; and operations that will use “time as a public health control”.
A HACCP plan is the written documentation and is based on seven basic principles: 1. conducting a hazard analysis; 2. determining the critical control points to reduce or eliminate the hazards; 3. establishing critical limits for each critical control point; 4. establishing monitoring procedures; 5. establishing corrective actions; 6. establishing verification procedures; and 7. keeping records.
Each HACCP plan is customized to your facility. Usually, an initial meeting is set to determine your needs and expectations. Each plan is developed over a period of time by the HACCP “team”. The “team” consists of a member from Berger Food Safety Consulting, the manager or person-in-charge from your facility, and any other facility staff members who will help develop and execute the plan.