HACCP - Your Food Safety Management System
What is HACCP?
The word HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point) confuses many people but, simply put, it refers to a system you must put in place to ensure the food you produce is safe. This system is called a food safety management system and must be based on the principles of HACCP.
Your food safety management system should allow you to identify and control any hazards that could pose a danger to the preparation of safe food. It involves identifying what can go wrong, planning to prevent it and making sure you are doing it. HACCP is a legal requirement but will also benefit your business.
If you are responsible for the development and maintenance of your business's HACCP system then you must undertake adequate training in the application of HACCP principles.
The FSAI has produced a pack 'Safe Catering - your guide to making food safely' to aid businesses in implementing HACCP. Find more details on the Safe Catering pack and how to order.
Where do I start?
- Before developing your system you must have in place appropriate pre-requisite hygiene requirements.
- Gather a team of people from different areas of the business and get started.
- Choose a system based on the principles of HACCP that suits your business.
Note: If you employ a consultant when developing your HACCP system it is crucial that you and other members of staff are actively involved in the process. A big folder on a shelf is not a food safety management system!
Last reviewed: 18/12/2012