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HACCP – the space-age food safety system

He’s quite possibly the most famous astronaut since Armstrong, Aldrin and Glenn (not to mention Doug Wheelock – the first Wheelock in space!). A music video recorded aboard the International Space Station featuring Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield has gone viral. The song, a version of David Bowie’s early hit ‘Space Oddity’ shows Hadfield singing and playing guitar in space – how cool is that?

Hadfield is also credited with demonstrating to the public how astronauts go about everyday life at the Space Station. His video clips include subjects such as personal hygiene, what happens when you cry in space and how to make a peanut butter sandwich, prepare vegetables and enjoy cake and coffee.

So what has all this space stuff got to do with HACCP? The answer is that the HACCP systems used in thousands of food processing and manufacturing facilities today were actually first developed in the 1960s by NASA and the Pillsbury Company to provide safe food for space expeditions. After all, nobody wants food poisoning on dry land, but the effects of food poisoning in space don’t bear thinking about!

The 7 Principles of HACCP

  1. Conduct a Hazard Analysis
  2. Identify Critical Control Points (CCPs)
  3. Establish critical limits for each CCP
  4. Establish CCP monitoring requirements
  5. Establish corrective actions
  6. Establish procedures to ensure that the HACCP system is working as intended (Validation and Verification)
  7. Establish record-keeping procedures

VWA run a variety of HACCP courses, from ‘HACCP- The Fundamentals’ to the advanced Level 4 Award in HACCP for Food Manufacturing and provide a consultancy service to help ensure that you’re getting the most out of your HACCP plan.

10% discount on HACCP courses this summer

The next HACCP training courses take place in June and July, so why not take advantage of our 10% Summer Discount and book before 31st May? Our courses may not take place in outer space, but our facility in the picturesque grounds of the majestic Broughton Hall in Skipton certainly takes some beating!

For more information call 01756 700802 or visit www.vwa.co.uk