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The Need for an Automated HACCP Program

Emily Ysaguirre
by Emily Ysaguirre on Wed, Nov 04, 2015

The Need for an Automated HACCP Program

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) involves identifying hazards within your Food Safety Management System (FSMS) and controlling them through prerequisite programs (PRPs) or critical Control Points (CCPs) in the food production and preparation process.  Typically, companies use a combination of manual processes and limited consolidation of data within their food safety programs. This is often time consuming and provides little traceability and transparency of data, running a high risk of error than if using an automated system.

An automated system enables you to automate your HACCP program, and streamline the process of compliance. In this post, we’ve put together some of the capabilities the FSMS can automate in your HACCP plan.

Risk Management: Conducting a hazard analysis allows stakeholders to identify points in the production process where a risk could occur. Through Risk Management technology, the ability to determine the severity of a hazard that lies within the system is made possible. Once identified, the system is able to collect further data that will gauge the best method to overturn the threat that could have potentially caused significant damage to the organization and its consumer relationship.

Corrective Action: The goal of corrective action is to return the process back to a controlled state after a product deviation. Your FSMS can streamline and simplify the process for you through the use of a Corrective Action module. This will route through review, root cause, corrective action taken, and verification stages, and will generate reports automatically, which will provide an effective method for tracking the source and cost of all problems.

Document Control: The FSMS’s Document Control module is able to manage everything from the creation to approval, to the distribution and revision, and completion of all documentation within the system. The Document Control system should be able to be linked to your prerequisite programs and have the ability to execute change requests across multiple documents. The benefit here is that when a prerequisite is audited and needs to be changed, all affected docs can also be a part of that change.

Audits and Change Management: Verification procedures such as testing methods and audits are conducted to ensure compliance to the HACCP plan and determine whether any modifications may be needed. Examples of verification activity could include equipment calibration and process audits. 

An Audits system will automate the process of auditing the HACCP. The FSMS will allow stakeholders to schedule system audits on a regular basis. The Auditing system should be flexible enough to cover everything from PRPs to CCPs, and even affected documentation. The FSMS can also automatically generate comprehensive audit reports that provide evidence of how the HACCP plan is being controlled.

The FSMS’s automated Change Management module will provide a repository that shows what changes were made to the prerequisites or HACCP plan, why the change was made, and what resulted from each change.

HACCP is a critical component to food safety. Following the right food safety processes while estab­lishing your HACCP plan will help ensure that you provide consumers with a safe, high quality product, while reducing risk. By implementing the FSMS’s best practices you will have the tools to better ensure compliance with food safety regulations and increased confidence in your product.

Learn more about establishing your HACCP program by downloading the paper below.

How Risk Management Helps the Food Industry


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