Why is foreign material control important?

Why is foreign material control important?

Foreign material control is critical for the US food industry. American consumers are very wary when it comes to food contamination, given their predisposition to diseases such as cancer. US authorities try to contain contamination in consumers’ food for a number of reasons.Foreign material control is important because:

–        foreign object contamination can create a bad experience for the consumer;

–        foreign object contamination can ruin a brand’s reputation;

–        lack of foreign material control can cause damage to equipment;

–        absence of foreign material control can lead to insurance claims and expensive legal cases;

–        foreign object contamination can cause direct health issues to consumers, ranging from broken teeth to laceration.

What can be done to achieve foreign material control?

US authorities have put a tool in place to bring about foreign material control. It is the Hazard Analysis And Critical Control Points (HACCP). The US FDA defines HACCP as “…a management system in which food safety is addressed through the analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement and handling, to manufacturing, distribution and consumption of the finished product.”

There are different HACCP systems in place for different types of food products:

–        Dairy Grade A Voluntary HACCP

–        Juice HACCP

–        Retail and Food Service HACCP

–        Seafood HACCP

Initial hazard analysis and the prerequisite programs are the most important aspects of the HACCP. Ahighlight of the HACCP is that limits, monitoring, verification and records in the HACCP program will not control unanticipated hazards.

Reference:

http://www.fda.gov/food/foodsafety/hazardanalysiscriticalcontrolpointshaccp/default.htm

 

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