Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is HACCP ?
A. HACCP stands for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point. HACCP is a risk management methodology used by the food and related industries for the control of food safety hazards to acceptable risk levels.

Q. How long does a food safety programme project take to implement?
A. 6 months would be the average from start to finish depending on the complexity of the operation although many projects run over 1 year.

Q. Are there opportunities for our company to conduct some of the work ourselves?

A. Yes, in certain cases our clients conduct some of the work themselves under our guidance thus making some savings on the total project cost. There is an additional time commitment required which may not suit all clients. HACCP Australia will advise you on the most cost and time effective means of achieving your objective.

Q. What is the legislation status for HACCP & food safety programmes?
A. The status of the legislation varies from state to state and different types of business. The best way to check the status and how it effects you is via the FSANZ website (see our links page) or speak with your local health authorities.

Q. How much does a food safety programme project cost?
A. HACCP Australia does not sell off the shelf programmes and each project is specifically tailored to our clients’ needs. In order to provide a cost to you, we need to look at your operation and talk to you about your requirements. We are happy to do this on an obligation free basis.

Q. What type of products are suitable for the endorsement process?

A. Any product or service used within the food industry is endorsable provided our strict guidelines are met. Projects have been rejected from the process where failures to meet the guidelines have occurred. Some of the products that have been endorsed include; Pest Control Services, Human Resource Providers, Cleaning Aids and Utensils, Chemicals, Temporary and Finished Product Packaging, Display Systems and Storage Systems.

Q. Does one have to have a HACCP Programme?
A. The answer is that Australia’s leading food businesses (retail, service and manufacturing) now demand that their suppliers have a HACCP-based food safety programme in place. Many also require non-food products and services to be compatible with their HACCP programme.

Q. Is HACCP internationally recognized?
A. Yes. The HACCP principles have been adopted all over the world, particularly in the USA, Europe, The Far East and Australasia. Increasingly, HACCP is becoming an important feature in the import/export process. It is recognized by all countries as the best method of food risk management.

Q. What is JAS-ANZ accreditation and how does it relate to HACCP Australia ?
A. JAS-ANZ stands for the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand and is a body that provides accreditation against international standards for certification bodies. HACCP Australia is a related entity to HACCP International.  HACCP International has been accredited by JAS-ANZ in the field of Product Certification.  For more information refer to www.JAS-ANZ.ORG/REGISTER or contact us. All products certified under the JAS-ANZ accredited scheme are identified as such.