Newslow explained that HACCP is not a stand-alone program. The production of safe food products requires that the HACCP Plan be built on a solid foundation of prerequisite programs. Prerequisite programs provide the basic environment and operating conditions that are necessary for the production of safe, wholesome food.
Examples of HACCP prerequisite programs include:
Raw Material Control System
Supplier Certification Programs
Receiving, Storage, Distribution
Traceability and Recall
According to Newslow, “We need to be concerned about our suppliers because hazards come from two places, it can be added during any food manufacturing process, or received or created by the supplier. Some say that 60% of all recalls can be traced to a supplier. This figure could be very low. Some recent examples include pet food with melamine and salmonella, ice cream with the wrong ingredients, spinach containing E. Coli from the water supply, and the list continues."
Food manufacturers can choose suppliers that can meet the company needs both with product and service requirements. They must know the ingredient requirements including any known food safety hazards and how these are normally controlled. Food manufacturing leaders need to know the type and extent of control applied to supplier is dependent on the effect of the purchase product on subsequent product realization or the final product.
Gary Nowacki, CEO, TraceGains noted, “Hazards come from two places; we add them or we receive them from our suppliers. TraceGains knows what expected from an effective supplier management program and who is ultimately responsible for the safety of the products & materials received from suppliers.”
Newslow is the author of The ISO 9000 Quality System: Applications in Food and Technology and is also the author of a HACCP-based chapter included in the John Wiley & Sons release of the Food Safety Compendium.
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