What are HACCP Pre-requisites?

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What Are HACCP Pre-Requisites?

One of our more frequently asked questions is “What are HACCP prerequisites?”  In this article, we explain what should be included in a prerequisite programme and how to implement and control prerequisites.

HACCP Pre requisites

Pre-Requisites as a Starting Point

Before a HACCP plan can be implemented there should be some controls that operate across all production. HACCP is specific to a business. However, prerequisites are generic and apply to most food businesses. They refer to hazards that are present across the business (such as pest control) or that are likely to occur at any stage of production.

They are termed prerequisites because they are required before HACCP. If they are implemented and monitored correctly, prerequisite programmes can underpin a HACCP plan and help ensure its success.

What Should be Included in a Pre-requisite Programme?

Although there are some generic prerequisites, before implementing HACCP each business should compile its own list. Generic prerequisites are:

  • The use of approved suppliers
  • Drinking water
  • Integrated pest management
  • Stock rotation
  • Staff training
  • Good design of equipment and premises
  • Labelling and traceability
  • Personal hygiene of employees
  • Cleaning and sanitising
  • Preventative maintenance
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Controlling Pre-requisites

For each prerequisite, there are several factors to consider, such as:

  • How is the prerequisite helping to ensure the production of safe food?
  • Who will be checking that the prerequisite remains under control?
  • What corrective actions are going to be carried out if something goes wrong?
  • What documentation must be kept for each prerequisite?

HACCP Training and Implementation

UK legislation requires that food businesses have a Food Safety Management System based on the HACCP principles. Those responsible for the development and implementation of the system should have received adequate training.

If you have a question or enquiry about food safety, please call the team on 01452 502113 or complete our enquiry form.

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