Nutrition and Wellness Programs
HACCP Based Food Safety Program Guidance
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently provided guidance regarding the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) requirements. Guidance for School Food Authorities: Developing a School Food Safety Program Based on the Process Approach to HACCP Principles was sent to all school food authorities (SFAs). The USDA encourages all SFAs to review the guidance which is also available on their website: HACCP Guidance Manual . All SFAs must have a fully implemented food safety program that complies with HACCP principles or with this guidance no later than the end of the 2005-2006 school year.
To provide further clarification on issues impacted by the HACCP requirements, USDA also released a set of question and answers. SFAs should review this information to ensure compliance with program requirements: Food Safety Questions and Answers .