This episode covers mapping your HACCP documents, how to risk assess raw materials, a round-up of recent food poisoning outbreaks and a great case study video on the PCA outbreak investigation.
The year is definitely flying past with only five and a bit weeks left until the end of 2013. I am very proud that I have stuck at putting together and releasing these episodes each week (bar a few). I am definitely inspired by your questions and positive feedback, so keep them coming. This episode covers mapping your HACCP documents, how to risk assess raw materials, a round-up of recent food poisoning outbreaks and a great case study video on the PCA outbreak investigation.
When you have multiple requirements / standards that you need to comply with I would recommend having a mapping document for each standard. If you write and number your system to one standard it can become troublesome in the future when other standards or customer requirements are required by your business.
Setting up your HACCP food safety documentation logically in the first place will make this whole process a lot easier. When I say to use logic, break down your system into the individual pre-requisite programs and then reference/map to the standard.
For example, if you get audited to x standard and it says you have to have a pest bait map, in your mapping document for that x standard, you state where in your FSM system that can be found.
If you are looking to find out more on how to undertake an effective risk assessment on your raw materials, I have written an article titled “3 tips on how to do a raw material risk assessment”. I will also be looking to run a webinar on this topic in the future so if you are interested just let me know here.
For episode 40 of HACCP Mentor Review, the action item that I have set is for you to check that all rodent bait stations are secured. You or your pest control contractor can secure these rodent bait stations with chain or glue. The purpose of securing is to make sure that they stay in place and are effective in controlling rodent activity at your food premises.
This week I published a great video that was developed by the USFDA on how they went about investigating the Peanut Butter Food poisoning outbreak (2009/2010). If you’re interested in how they linked illness in the community to the actual food company involved in this outbreak, it is an interesting watch. You can find a link to this video in Episode 40 of HACCP Mentor Review.
While we are talking about food poisoning outbreaks, some of the ones getting around at the moment include:
Well, that is Episode 40 done and dusted. I have some interesting topics coming up in the following weeks inspired from your feedback. If you have anything that you would like to see covered just leave a comment below this episode. Until next time, I am Amanda Evans from www.haccpmentor.com
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