HACCP Quick Facts

Wednesday, 08 June 2011 22:44

HACCP form.What is HACCP? Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point, most commonly referred to as HACCP, pronounced "hassip", is a system or a set of procedures which food businesses use to make sure that the food they make or the food they serve is safe.

How does HACCP protect consumers? The HACCP system provides protection for both manufacturers, food service businesses and consumers from unsafe food. If unclean food or food that can make people sick accidentally gets into the market, the HACCP system provides a way for the business to accurately find out where the food came from, what caused it to be unsafe, how it was able to get through their quality control system and the location of all the foods in that same batch. This way, the manufacturer can recall the unsafe batch and update their process to prevent another incident. This ensures that foods which reach the consumer is safe and clean.

How does HACCP protect businesses? Part of the requirements in a HACCP System is documentation. This can be very useful in case of a legal incident. The documentation provided by the HACCP system can provide evidence to defend the manufacturer and point investigation to those liable.

Where do I attend seminars to get HACCP certified? Attending a seminar can get you a certificate of attendance but not a HACCP certification. A HACCP certification is issued to a business and not to an individual. Although it would help you get a HACCP certification if all your employees attended a HACCP seminar, that alone is not enough. HACCP certification requires a bit more than that.

What do I need to do to get certified? Before getting HACCP certified you will need to comply with Prerequisite Programs such as Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), sanitation, etc.

Who do I go to to get a HACCP certification in the Philippines? There are several government bodies that can give HACCP certification, depending on the commodity you have:

  • Most food processing: Food and Drug Administration Philippines (FDA) formerly Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD)
  • Fish and seafood: Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)
  • Meats, poultry and related products: National Meat Inspection System (NMIS)
  • Grains - National Food Authority (NFA)
 

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