HACCP Auditor ASQ Certified
Quality In Process has a Certified HACCP Auditor registered with American Society for Quality, ASQ. Knowledge is key in implementing a food safety system in your organization. Preparing standard operating procedures and HACCP plans are part of what we can do for organizations that require HACCP systems, as well as, training people to understand the process. In addition, we also offer auditing of the system. Learn about our consulting/auditing services here.
HACCP is an important part of the modern proactive way to prevent, reduce or eliminate food borne illness whether a retail food establishment or a processing plant. HACCP is a tried and true system that was used by NASA in the late fifties early sixties when the astronauts first ascended into space. This program helped to assure the quality and safety of the food the astronauts had to eat and kept any unusual bacteria from going into outer space. Today this program is a requirement for the fish industry, especially, and in processing, manufacturing and cafeteria operations in schools, along with a list of variances that also require a HACCP system:
- Curing foods
- Smoking foods as not for flavor
- Producing or selling seeds and sprouts
- Have a holding tank with lobster or other live mollusk shellfish
- Producing ROP-(Reduced Oxygen Packaging) foods which include: MAP, Vacuum packed and Souis Vide
- Preparing Juice on site without pasteurizing for later sale without a warning label
- Using additives as to preserve food
- Custom-process animals for personal use
As a restaurant owner looking for hazards in the flow of food throughout your operation before they happen, identifying and monitoring critical control points is how to get HACCP started in your business. However, written standard operating procedures such as: taking temperatures of equipment, establishing a strong personal hygiene policy that includes reporting illness, knowing when to restrict or eliminate workers from your establishment, training employees, pest control, cleaning procedures, are just some of the pre-requisites and the foundation to a strong quality system in any operation.