Editor’s Note: This is the second in a two-part article. The first part, “Pump Up Your Prerequisite Programs,” appeared in our April/May issue.
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In a previous article, we looked at the role of prerequisite programs (PRPs) in your operation. We discussed examples and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 22000:2005 and Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 220:2008 standards. In this issue, we will further evaluate the necessities, including the application and integration of some effective tools into your operation.
“Well-defined” and “effective” are two adjectives used repeatedly because of the total impact they can have on your hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) programs and, more importantly, on the production of a safe product. A well-defined and effective program for record control is essential. Not only must a company maintain records that demonstrate compliance with the critical control points (CCPs) and direct involvement with your HACCP program, but the records must demonstrate that PRPs are being completed as defined.
If a program requires that the metal detector be checked with calibrated standards every 30 minutes, then records must be maintained to prove that this happens. If operator training is required, then records of that training must be maintained. An effective record control PRP identifies the record, the responsibility for maintaining the record, and the required retention time for keeping the record. Retention times must be realistic and provide evidence of compliance. If calibration of a retort thermometer is required annually, make certain that the records are maintained for several years to provide a comprehensive historical record that this frequency is being met.| | | Next → | Single Page