HACCP is an internationally recognized food safety management system that all catering and food production businesses must implement. It stands for ‘Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points’. Businesses in the food industry need to analyze the potential hazards to food safety in the workplace, put control measures in place, and then monitor the system to ensure food continues to remain safe for the consumer to eat.
Food safety is an important issue that impacts everyone. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that each year, one in every six Americans, or 48,000,000 people will be sickened by a food borne illness deriving from an estimated 250 pathogens. More than 125,000 people will end up hospitalized. A HACCP Certification is a critical tool to ensure that these numbers decrease and the food products we consume are safe and healthy.
A properly functioning HACCP system is expected for anyone participating in the food production business to be considered reputable and trade worthy. A working HACCP program can prevent costly mistakes that can lead to loss of revenue and have an adverse impact on consumers.
What are the HACCP procedures?
A HACCP food safety management system is based on 7 key principles:
Conduct a hazard analysis
Determine the Critical Control Points (CCP)
Establish critical limits
Establish a system to monitor control of the CCP
Establish corrective action
Establish procedures for verification to confirm the system is working
To establish a HACCP system and ensure food safety, each of these principles must be followed, monitored and reviewed regularly.
All food business operators managers and supervisors in charge of planning and implementing the HACCP system, should be trained so that they are competent and knowledgeable. Training should also be provided to members of the HACCP team.
Obtaining a HACCP certificate shows that you have learned how to successfully plan, implement and maintain an effective HACCP system that complies with the law.
Whether you are just getting started or have a long history in the food business, BSC can help to ensure your facilities and those of your supply chain are compliant with current food safety regulations and your staff is well trained on industry best practices.
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Posted on: 05/16/2018
The statistics are crystal clear. 97% of the world’s consumers live outside of the United States. Yet, only about 11% of US companies export their products. Is it possible that we all have plenty of customers and don’t want any more?
Getting started is not especially hard. Perhaps the easiest place to export to is Canada. It is close, the language is familiar, and the culture is the same. Sure, even in Canada, there are some special requirements, primarily the need to include both French and English on product labels. However, that is a very small price to pay for access to an additional 35 million potential customers.
The first step to get started is to look inside your company and make sure that you are organized to export. Is your management team committed to the process? Is the export adventure adequately funded and staffed?
You also need to do your homework. Just as you would do if you were entering a new market domestically, market research is the only way to understand the opportunity and risks. You need to discover who your potential competitors are and what substitute products are already available. By far, the easiest way to do this is to find a partner who is already intimately familiar with the marketplace. Someone who speaks the language and knows how to get things done is an invaluable resource.
Fortunately, promoting US exports is a high priority for the US Government. The Department of Commerce has Commercial Service Officers in every embassy and most consulates around the world. Their mission is to help smooth the way for US companies to do business. They can help with everything from assessing the business climate to helping to identify potential partners, vetting them, and setting up meetings.
Of course, there are many details that need to be sorted out before you can start exporting. It’s best to hire an expert who can guide you through the complexities. Here is a partial list of things you must consider…
In spite of the challenges, the opportunities are boundless and you should take a close look at why you should be taking advantage of them.
Posted on: 03/21/2018
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