The Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points
The Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) is a management system in which food safety is addressed from beginning to end. It was designed to detect contaminants early in the manufacturing of products to limit excessive waste or development of contaminants after the product has reached the consumer. It is a proactive stance that identifies the early stages of detection and through standardized processes, the conditions are eliminated.
These standards were originated to provide safe food for upcoming space expeditions. It was a collaborated effort between NASA, the Pillsbury Company, and the U.S. Army Laboratories. NASA asked Pillsbury to design and manufacture the very first foods for space flights. Since then, HACCP has been recognized internationally as a suitable tool to modify traditional methods of inspection to a modern, science-based, food safety system.
In 1994, the International HACCP Alliance was established and regulated. It was enforced by the FDA to provide a uniform program to insure safer meat and poultry products. It is housed within the Department of Animal Science at Texas A & M University.
The principles of HACCP are to:
- Conduct a hazard analysis
- Identify critical control points (CCPs)
- Establish critical limits
- Establish corrective actions
- Establish verification procedures
- Establish record keeping procedures
Why Is This Important to A Reseller?
The first reason this is critical is the failure to comply with this standard clearly shows a manufacturer is not cGMP compliant and non compliant according to law. This creates a tremendous liability to the store owner in having product that although seemed safe when originally purchased by the manufacturer, for numerous reasons, could currently be contaminated when it is on your shelves.
These simple procedures, when followed, help to guarantee that when the product is being sold to your customers, problems do not surface. Compassion, compliance and safety is critical to financial success and customer care. As a solid business plan would layout relative risks. These systems and processes were set up to assist the store owners and the public to avoid physical and monetary disasters. It’s your responsibility to make sure what you are selling is safe.
Need an attorney?
On request, Atofil provides an attorney review to confirm compliance. We have to meet a GMP standard, upholding excellence in everything we do. Therefore, we are happy to audit your product through our legal team to ensure you are compliant. Compliance is a foundational principle of our Atofil operation.