PRP – GMP – HACCP

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PRP means Pre Requisite Programmes – (Also includes GMP – Good Manufacturing Practices). PRP is an umbrella term to describe all activities, other than specific HACCP plans, that affect food hygiene, quality and safety. (These activities include pest control and sanitation).

PRP’s form the foundation upon which a HACCP system should be built, and may be known by a variety of terms, including Good Agricultural Practice (GAP), Good Hygiene Practice (GHP), and form part of Good Manufacturing Process (GMP). This latter has broader meaning and may include activities which affect quality in general. The effective application of PRP (GMP) allows the HACCP plan to focus on the critical determination of food safety.

PRP should consist of documented systems, considerations or programs which are monitored and reviewed on a regular basis. Part of this process is likely to involve auditing, and the correct implementation of PRP’s is an important requirement. Reliance on well developed and consistently performed PRP’s can simplify HACCP plans considerably.

HACCP means Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point. HACCP (pronounced has-sip) is a process control system that identifies where hazards might occur in the food production process and puts actions in place to prevent these hazards from occurring. This is accomplished by a system of monitors and controls throughout each step in the food production process. The basic underlying concept of HACCP is prevention and inspection, in the systematic approach to food safety.

HOW DOES HACCP AFFECT PEST CONTROL?



Pest control has always been an integral part of a food processor’s sanitation program. Critical issues involve the cleanliness of food contact surfaces or equipment as well as the prevention of cross-contamination from contact with unsanitary objects. Proper labeling, storage and use of chemical remedies are vital. Protection of food, food packaging materials and food contact surfaces from adulteration by, among a list of items, pesticides, is also a critical factor. Exclusion of pests, such as insects, rodents and birds which can carry and spread disease organisms is critical to a HACCP program.

If you have any HACCP queries or if you need to incorporate a pest control program within your food manufacturing process, AIPM can come up with the best pest management program for your business. We have highly trained technicians that can assist with the setup process. We also have Auditors within our company that are internationally qualified so if you already have a current pest control company assisting you we can assist you with day time and night audits to see if your program is up to standards.

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