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What is a HACCP Plan?

A HACCP plan is a food safety monitoring system that is used to identify and control biological, chemical, and physical hazards within the storage, transportation, use, preparation, and sale of perishable goods. It also determines critical control points (CCP) in the process of food production. Create a HACCP plan to mitigate risks of food contamination and avoid legal issues caused by foodborne illnesses.

3 HACCP Steps to Get You Started

A good HACCP plan is founded on the right team, the right vision, and the collective diligence to carry out each step to guarantee food safety. Below are the 3 HACCP steps your team needs to take before you can effectively adhere to the 7 Principles of HACCP:

  1. Build your HACCP team
    The quality of your HACCP team is the foundation of your HACCP success. When building your HACCP team, you need to include individuals that have proven their knowledge and expertise in their respective fields. Recruit at least one individual from the following disciplines:

    Food engineering
    Quality assurance
    Cleanliness and sanitation
    Machine operations
    General labor

    Having an interdisciplinary team grants you insight into all of the important food safety aspects of your operation. Knowing what to look out for helps you prepare the right preventive measures to mitigate food safety risks.  

  2. Review product(s) and processes
    The majority of employees, in their performance of day-to-day tasks, tend to take the details of their work for granted. This happens mostly because processes turn into habits through repetition. Habits, however, may persist even if they are no longer efficient.

    Reviewing food products and processes helps the HACCP team determine whether the current internal food safety processes and standards are still relevant and efficient. This way, revisions and updates can be made to ensure the safety of food products from preparation to delivery. 

  3. Outline the updated process
    After applying the necessary adjustments to the process, the HACCP team must outline the updated process in a clear and understandable manner for employees to follow. A flow diagram can be used since its linear format can help avoid confusion regarding the order of process steps.

    For a HACCP plan example and ready-to-use digital templates, check out our top 8 HACCP templates below.

HACCP Record Keeping

Good record-keeping is one of the 7 HACCP Principles required in acquiring HACCP certification. Proper HACCP record-keeping helps managers and business owners keep track of food production and handling processes and the corrective actions implemented. Document your HACCP plan as proof that your food manufacturing processes cover all possible food safety risks to ensure that finished products are safe and market-ready.

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Sare Hawes

SafetyCulture staff writer