Food Safety HACCP/ISO 22000
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point.It is essential for alimentary enterprises
(work or sell products). It is based on the performance of European Community directives to control and monitor the critical control points that can jeopardise the quality of food and beverage.
Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point or HACCP is a Systematic Quality Method for the Food, Dairy Products and Beverage Industry including services to detect and control the possible chemical, physical and biological hazards within a process
The standard approach to HACCP is that specified by the Codex Alimentarius, 1997, and follows 7 basic principles:
The enterprises have the duty to guarantee that the various phases of the alimentary production are carried out hygienically.
- Conduct a hazard analysis.
- Determine the critical control points.
- Establish critical limits.
- Establish a system to monitor control of the CCP.
- Establish the corrective action to be taken when monitoring indicates that a particular CCP is not under control.
- Establish procedures for verification to confirm that the HACCP system is under control.
- Establish documentation concerning all procedures and records appropriate to these principles and their application.
The responsible of the organization must perform the self-control following the principles of the HACCP system:
1. Analysis of the potential risks for the customers
2. Location of the points where the food can undergo risks
3. Decisions to take concerning the critical points, which means when the product's security can be damaged.
4. Location and application of procedures to control and oversee the critical points.
5. Periodic review of the risks of the critical points and of the procedure of control and oversee.
ISO22000:2005/HACCP Food Management System
ISO 22000:2005, Food safety management systems - Requirements for any organization in the food chain, provides a framework of internationally harmonized requirements for the global approach that is needed. The standard has been developed within ISO by experts from the food industry, along with representatives of specialized international organizations and in close cooperation with the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the body jointly established by the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) to develop food standards.
A major resulting benefit is that ISO 22000 will make it easier for organizations worldwide to implement the Codex HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) system for food hygiene in a harmonized way, which does not vary with the country or food product concerned.
Benefits of HACCP / ISO 22000 FSMS:-
A preventative approach to food safety-
- Can help identify process improvements.
- Reduces the need for, and the cost of end product testing.
- Is complementary to quality management systems such as ISO 9000.
- Provides evidence of due diligence.
- Reduces the likelihood of product recall adverse publicity.
- Enhances customer satisfaction / reduces dissatisfaction.
- Facilitates better understanding of food packaging safety issues throughout the organization.
- Improves staff performance through the promotion of team spirit.
- Improves staff morale and motivation through a cleaner working environment.
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