New Quality Management Practice Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point

The advent of hazard analysis critical control point (HACCP) will be gradually shifting primary responsibility for identifying and addressing problems to the abattoirs and processing plants themselves. Under this scheme, rather than rely on a government inspector to report problems, a processor proactively analyzes processing steps, identifies key potential problems, addresses them, and keeps meticulous, standardized records at the plant itself. The plant's government regulator would have access to these records and would function primarily to assist the plant in effectively executing its HACCP program. Although a biosurveillance system could access them as well, the use of HACCP implies that a much more widely distributed data scheme will be the norm in the future (B. Haxton, personal communication, 2005; United States Department of Agriculture, 2005b).

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