Threat Assessment Critical Control Points (TACCP) is a management process that aims to protect food products from deliberate contamination that intends to cause harm. Also called food defence, TACCP helps proactively identify and manage control points in the supply chain that can be at risk of intentional contamination.
This article will briefly discuss the meaning of threat in the context of TACCP, differentiate between HACCP, VACCP, & TACCP, provide steps on how TACCP can be implemented, and provide tools that can help implement TACCP.
In the context of TACCP, these are acts that can harm consumers or businesses through the contamination of food products. Some examples are: exposing food production to allergens such as peanuts, contaminating produce with needles or other physical contaminants, or causing a salmonella outbreak via contaminated self-service food. Such malicious acts can be costly for businesses and can be very harmful to consumers if not addressed immediately.
Difference between HACCP, VACCP, TACCP
HACCP - Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point intends to identify and mitigate hazards during food production and ensure that food product is safe for consumption
VACCP - Vulnerability Assessment Critical Control Point helps identify and control vulnerabilities in the food supply chain that can be exposed to food fraud (economically motivated)
TACCP - aims to protect food products from the deliberate contamination with the intention to cause harm (behaviourally or ideologically motivated). TACCP builds upon existing processes of of HACCP in ensuring the safety of food products
How to implement TACCP?
Businesses can properly mitigate risks by proactively anticipating threats and knowing which points in the food supply chain are at risk of deliberate contamination. To implement TACCP, businesses should:
- Create a multi-disciplinary team with members from HR, procurement, security, etc, who can contribute in developing a TACCP plan.
- Identify points in the food supply chain where threats are possible against staff, operations, and product.
- Conduct assessments of the critical points to identify risks.
- Analyze the risks and put in place appropriate threat controls and continue to monitor the control points.
- Create action plans in anticipation of possible breach of controls.
- Train employees and continue to improve the TACCP process by reviewing documentation and anticipating new threats.
Maintaining an effective TACCP system requires continuous documentation and active tracking of critical points to watch out for threats. There’s also a need to be aware of new threats that may impact the business.
Dependence on paper records and manual documentation, however, can hinder the effective implementation of TACCP. Spending too much time manually recording data and reviewing paperwork is superfluous to the effort of building an effective food defence.
iAuditor, the world’s #1 mobile auditing app, can assist in implementing a paperless and effective TACCP process that allows you to immediately work on risks and threats found even while conducting assessments. All completed assessment reports are automatically saved online with unlimited cloud storage and access. Easily login to your online dashboard to access and print your reports, view threat trends, photo evidence and key findings.
To save you time, we have digitized below TACCP templates to help you identify threats to food safety. iAuditor templates are 100% customizable so you can better fit them to your business needs.