HAACP Guidelines

We Operate Under HAACP Guidelines

There are seven principles of HACCP. A food safety management system based on these seven principles will enable hazards to be identified and controlled before they threaten the safety of your food and the health of your customers.

1. Identify the hazards Look at each step (e.g. purchasing, delivery, storage, preparation, cooking, chilling etc.) in your operation and identify what can go wrong e.g. Salmonella in a cooked chicken product due to cross contamination with raw meat (biological hazard), contamination of uncovered food with detergent (chemical hazard) or a piece of broken glass falling into uncovered food (physical hazard).

2. Determine the critical control points (CCPs) Once hazards have been identified you must ensure that they are adequately controlled. In general, the majority of hazards are controlled by ensuring that you are operating an effective prerequisite programme, i.e. good hygiene practices (see Section 3). A Critical Control Point (commonly referred to as ‘CCP’) is a step in food processing where a control procedure must be applied to prevent a food safety hazard occurring or reduce it to a safe level. It is the last chance to control a hazard before the food is sold. For example, cooking beef burgers to a minimum core temperature of 70°C for 2 minutes or equivalent (e.g. 75°C instantaneously) will kill E. coli O157 and other pathogens.

3. Establish critical limit(s) Set limits to enable you to identify when a CCP is out of control, e.g. the temperature at the centre of a beef burger following cooking must reach a minimum 70°C for 2 minutes, or equivalent (e.g. 75°C instantaneously).

4. Establish a system to monitor control of the CCP It is important to have a way to monitor and record what is happening at each CCP. Typically, monitoring will involve measuring parameters such as temperature and time.

5. Establish corrective action When monitoring indicates that a CCP is not under control, corrective action must be taken.

6. Establish Verification Procedures Theses should be used to confirm the HACCP system is working effectively. Review and correct the system periodically and whenever you make changes to your operation.

7. Maintain documentation Documentation should be kept and be readily available concerning all procedures and records appropriate to these principles and their application, e.g. cooking temperatures, delivery or cleaning records. It is unrealistic to operate HACCP or to demonstrate compliance with the current legislation without providing evidence such as written records.

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