What is HACCP?

Learn more about the 7 principles of HACCP and how they can help you to take control of the food safety risks in your business.

‘HACCP’ stands for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points, and is a food safety program based on risk assessment theory and practice. HACCP was initially developed in the 1960s by NASA to ensure that Astronaut food was safe.

Today, HACCP principles form the basis of Food Safety Programs that are accepted worldwide. HACCP principles can be applied to processes throughout every stage of the food supply chain, including production, preparation, packaging and distribution, and are used to manage food safety across many different types of food businesses.

A HACCP Food Safety Program is a legal requirement (check with your local Council or State food authority to determine the local 'letter of the law')

For most food businesses in Australia, having a Food Safety Program based on the principles of HACCP is a legal requirement. Standard 3.2.1 of the Food Standards Code<https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2011C00551> (‘the Code’) enables: “States and Territories to require food businesses to implement a food safety program based upon the HACCP concepts. The food safety program is to be implemented and reviewed by the food business, and is subject to periodic audit by a suitably qualified food safety auditor.”

Good food businesses will download our templates, HACCP guidance and complete our HACCP training which will help them develop an effective Food Safety Program. This includes documented evidence that all food preparation steps and activities have been identified. When an Environmental Health Officer (EHO) audits your food business, they will review your Food Safety Program and its records.

Food Safety Program

First For Training offer HACCP Training level 2 and 3 as well as a series of food safety templates that combined with the training can be used to build a comprehensive series of food safety records.

With the help of First For Training and our partners, good food business (both retail and manufacturing) will further develop the training and records into a comprehensive food safety program using the models we offer. While no one food safety program is fit for all, the principles can be applied universally.

Food Safety Auditing

First For Training and its partners offers a range of auditing services to suit your business. Internal, external and third-party audits can be performed for your business to ensure compliance with relevant legislation or industry best practice. We can help you identify areas of risk to improve your overall business operations.

  • Food Safety Legislation and Compliance
  • Public Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Risk Management
  • ISO 9001 Quality
  • Product Labelling
  • Product Formulation
  • GMP
  • Documentation Desk Audits
  • Internal audits to customer requirements
  • Customer Certification Standards
  • Food Defence and Security

Depending on your requirements, First For Training partners can provide certification to any of the various customer standards. All auditors are Exemplar Global certified to deliver you the most professional outcome.

  • Auditing Services
  • Internal Audits
  • Document Review
  • GAP Audits
  • Approved Supplier Audits
  • Corrective Action Requests
  • Food Labelling