Module 1 – Introduction to HACCP

Is HACCP Difficult to Use?

  • HACCP is thought to be complicated and require unlimited resources and expertise.
  • Initially, expertise is required for analysis and reviewing.
  • As well, a plant must commit the resources to implement and follow HACCP, including a HACCP Coordinator.
  • Day to day monitoring is straightforward although dedicated personnel and training is required.

Costs of HACCP

  • There are some costs for companies to implement HACCP including:
    • Cost of training (manuals, time taken away from production, etc).
    • Administrative support that may be required for verification and other duties.
    • Additional (temporary) resources may be needed while implementing HACCP.
    • There may be costs for validation studies to ensure the HACCP plan is working effectively.
    • New equipment may be required to properly implement HACCP (e.g., calibration equipment or monitoring equipment such as a metal detector).

Saving with HACCP

  • At the same time, there are potential savings with HACCP, which include:
    • Decreased product testing on line.
    • Decreased human resources for product testing.
    • Earlier release of finished products (means less time in inventory and less throwing away of product too close to best before dates).
    • Other reduced costs
      • E.g., decreased costs for testing ingredients if pre-approve suppliers
    • Decreased recall and/or product re-work costs.

Benefits of HACCP

  • The main benefits of having an effective HACCP system are that risks are reduced and problems are found and corrected, preventing repetitive problems.
  • As a result, there are:
    • Fewer customer complaints.
    • Fewer recalls.
    • More favourable audits and test results.
    • Increased profits.



Future of HACCP

  • HACCP is being implemented in many commodities, and is being extended to production, distribution and retail operations (e.g., “farm to fork”).
  • An effective HACCP system is becoming the standard for international trade.
  • Companies are taking a pro-active approach and choosing to become HACCP compliant before it is enforced.

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TIP: A functional and compliant HACCP system may provide a processor with a “due diligence” defense in legal cases.

(Due diligence means taking all reasonable precautions and sufficient effort in monitoring precautions to avoid committing the offence).