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On January 6, 2011

Developing a HACCP plan for petfood

A hazard analysis and critical control points plan can help you make safe products and meet new regulations

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The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010, recently passed by the US Congress, will require that food producers—including petfood processors—create written, risk-based hazard control programs. HACCP, or hazard analysis and critical control points, is a widely accepted method employed within many food safety management systems. Developing and implementing a HACCP plan can be broken down to a very basic set of steps (also called principles).

Step 1. Analyze the process for potential hazards 

This step has three key stages:

  • List all potential hazards. Look at every component and step of your operations, including (but not limited to) raw materials and ingredients, processing activities, equipment, methods of storage/distribution, microbial contamination and other toxins, parasites and physical hazards.
  • Evaluate all potential hazards for severity and likelihood of occurrence. Consider the seriousness of the effect and susceptibility of intended consumers, impact of secondary problems and magnitude of illness and/or injury. Also, if not properly controlled, how likely is the hazard to affect the ingredient/product, method of preparation in the facility, conditions during transportation, expected storage conditions and preparation steps before consumption?
  • Determine if each hazard needs to be addressed in the HACCP plan. Include all significant hazards based…
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