From Farm to Fork: How HACCP Ensures Your Food's Journey is Safe

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) is a proactive food safety method that systematically prevents chemical, physical, and biological hazards from contaminating food, ensuring consumer safety. Implemented across the entire food production and distribution process, HACCP aims to eliminate hazards rather than just inspecting finished products. It’s a critical component of food safety, mandated by global regulatory bodies for various food categories, including meat, juice, dairy and seafood, to prevent foodborne illnesses. HACCP addresses a range of safety concerns, such as critical factors and various pathogens, by implementing measures to minimize risks to a safe level.

The main objective of HACCP and food safety is to ensure the safety of food consumed by people. This entails maintaining safety standards throughout the entire food supply chain, from production facilities to markets and ultimately to consumers. Ideally, HACCP should be fully implemented at all stages of food production, from sourcing raw materials to consumption.


On a global scale, standards for food safety management have been established, including ISO 22000, developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Launched in 2005, ISO 22000 builds on ISO 9001 principles and sets forth requirements for an effective food safety management system. It integrates HACCP principles, interactive communication, prerequisite programs, and overall system management.

This initiative consolidates prior efforts to ensure food safety and minimize contaminants, including pathogens Standards are regularly reviewed every five years to gauge their relevance and usefulness to businesses. ISO 22000 integrates the seven HACCP principles, aligning with global standards. It encompasses a comprehensive system for managing both quality and food safety, including HACCP principles, prerequisites programs (SSOP and GMP), and quality management, forming an integrated Total Quality Management system. ISO 22000 is harmonized with the “food Code” or Codex Alimentarius, aiming to safeguard consumer health and promote fair practices in the food trade. 


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