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About HACCP standards (GMP)
HACCP is science based and systematic, identifies specific hazards and measures for their control to ensure the safety of food. HACCP is a tool to assess hazards and establish control systems that focus on prevention rather than relying mainly on end-product testing. Any HACCP system is capable of accommodating change, such as advances in equipment design, processing procedures or technological developments. HACCP can be applied throughout the food chain from primary production to final consumption and its implementation should be guided by scientific evidence of risks to human health. As well as enhancing food safety, implementation of HACCP can provide other significant benefits, such as the application of HACCP can aid inspection by regulatory authorities and promote international trade by increasing confidence in food safety. The successful application of HACCP requires the full commitment and involvement of management and the work force. It also requires a multidisciplinary approach; this multidisciplinary approach should include, when appropriate, expertise in agronomy, veterinary hygiene, production, microbiology, medicine, public health, food technology, environmental health, chemistry and engineering. Prior to application of HACCP to any business the food business operator should have implemented the prerequisite food hygiene requirements. Management commitment is necessary for implementation of an effective HACCP. During hazard identification, evaluation, and subsequent operations in designing and applying HACCP, consideration must be given to the impact of raw materials, ingredients, food manufacturing practices, role of manufacturing processes to control hazards, likely end-use of the product, categories of consumers of concern, and epidemiological evidence relative to food safety. The intent of HACCP is to focus control at critical control points (CCPs). HACCP should be applied to each specific operation separately. The HACCP application should be reviewed and necessary changes made when any modification is made in the product, process, or any step. It is important when applying HACCP to be flexible where appropriate, given the context of the application taking into account the nature and the size of the operation.