Have you heard the term HACCP prerequisites? The use of prerequisites or PRPs (Pre Requisite Programmes) in HACCP terminology became more popular when the last version of the Codex Alimentarius by WHO was published in 2011. So what are they? Cornell University defines PRPs as “ steps or procedures, including GMPs and SSOPs, which control the operational conditions within a food establishment and promote environmental conditions that are favorable for the production of safe food. Prerequisite programs are the foundation of a Food Safety/HACCP system.”

Essentially they are the Good Manufacturing Procedures, practices and operations that ensure the food is safe to eat. I usually describe them as an umbrella that sits across the process, such as training, cleaning and maintenance. 

 

Essentially they are the Good Manufacturing Procedures, practices and operations that ensure the food produced is safe to eat. I usually describe them as an umbrella that sits across the process, such as training, cleaning and maintenance. They will control hazards such as those classified into physical, chemical, allergen and microbiological hazards.

 

Typical HACCP Prerequisites

Training

Fabric of the building and production areas

Cleaning

Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM)

Personal hygiene policies

Calibration and verification

Traceability

Recall procedures

Complaint monitoring

Approved supplier lists and approval processes 

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