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Prerequisite Programs (PRPs)

Prerequisite Programs What are prerequisite programs? Prerequisite programs (PRPs) are programs and practices that are put in place to maintain a sanitary environment and minimize the risk of introducing a food safety hazard. Provide suitable building and equipment design and construction Plan and Implement Pre-requisite programs Address statutory, regulatory and customer requirements as well as […]

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Creating a Certification Project Plan

Creating a Project Plan Once you make the decision to implement a Food Safety Management System and  achieve certification you will need to plan your project. Start with a Gap Analysis. A Gap Analysis is an audit of your current system against the requirements of the standard that you have chosen.Use a checklist prepared for […]

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Resources for Food Safety Certification

What resources does a company need to build a certified Food Safety Management System (FSMS)? Resource #1: Gap Analysis Audit First it is important to recognize the systems that may already be in place to manage food safety. Identify processes you have in place, including: Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) Prerequisite Programs (PRPs) HACCP You will […]

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Food Safety Policy

Food Safety Policy Each Food Safety Management System Certification Program requires that Management develop a food safety policy. This is a statement that management will compose that reflects the organizations commitment to providing a safe product. Stating the goal that the company will continually strive to meet, it will provide a basis for business objectives that support the policy. […]

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Management Review

Management Review of your Food Safety Management System Management review is a meeting where top management focuses entirely on the performance of the management system.  A company can gain tremendous improvements with effective management reviews. A typical structure for this system is to have meetings on a scheduled basis, quarterly is effective in many cases, and follow a structured […]

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