Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point


Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) is a quality process adopted by worldwide organizations to ensure food safety.

Regulatory agencies around the world increasingly expect an HACCP plan to be implemented by food producers, shippers and retailers.  Whether it is the World Health Organization, the European Food Safety Authority, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) , the State Food and Drug Administration in China, the UK Food Standards Agency or any other governmental body, HACCP or related processes (like ISO 22000) are an important requirement to ensure safe food and the prevention of food-related illnesses.  Any company involved in food – from the farm to the fork – must plan for and adopt HACCP to participate in the world food economy in the future.


HACCP Principles

HACCP consists of seven cornerstone principles for a complete food safety and quality management system:

  1. Conduct a hazard analysis
  2. Identify critical control points
  3. Establish critical limits for each critical control point
  4. Establish critical control point monitoring requirements
  5. Establish corrective actions
  6. Establish procedures for ensuring the HACCP system is working as intended
  7. Establish record keeping procedures

How Varcode’s FreshCode Solution Supports a good HACCP Plan

FreshCode is a low cost and highly effective answer to a company’s food safety monitoring needs.  By adopting FreshCode, a company can support HAACP Principles 3 and 4 with an easy-to-implement monitoring system.   FreshCode TTI Recorders are configured to support the critical temperature and time limits for key foods like meat, seafood, produce and dairy products.  The use of existing barcode scanners and smartphones makes critical control point monitoring easy to do.  And the FCMS system enables the process to be configured to support management knowledge and actions.

Implementing FreshCode will provide your HACCP programme with critical control point monitoring that is:

  • Accurate: Measures time and temperature precisely and within the specs of a good monitoring system.
  • Data-Driven: Permanent system record of the results of critical control point monitoring in the HACCP process.
  • Easy-To-Implement: Able to use nearly any standard barcode reader, smartphone or tablet, which eliminates the need to purchase new or special equipment.
  • Easy-To-Use: Simple monitoring process for users throughout the cold chain: point, scan, submit, respond.
  • Flexible: Different time temperature recorders available to meet the requirements of different foods.  System can be set up to support any process and communications across different companies in the cold chain.
  • Low Cost:  Lowest Total Cost of Ownership than other monitoring solutions like electronic data loggers or “YES/NO” chemical indicator labels.


Contact Varcode to see how FreshCode can support your HACCP programme.