HACCP certification is an international standard defining the requirements for effective control of food safety. While Re>Pal is not a food manufacturing business, we are a supply chain partner in this industry and several of our larger prospects in food manufacturing have asked Re>Pal to become HACCP certified. Given it is a relatively small cost of a few thousand dollars for the certification process it seems worthwhile.
HACCP Certification is a system that recognizes that a food business has developed, documented, and implemented systems and procedures in accordance with HACCP. HACCP stands for Hazard Analysis Critical Control point and is basically a tool to help identify and control food safety hazards that may occur within the food business and by extension its supply chain.
It is granted by an external certification authority that has the necessary knowledge and skills to undertake an assessment of the HACCP system or HACCP plan. Of course, our plastics are manufactured from recycled plastics and this has a limitation on the locations within a food business where our pallets can be used, but generally we know that our pallets are safe to use with all packaged materials.
So while this HACCP certification may not uncover any risks that we did not know about, or may be impractical in certain instances due to the nature of our business, when our prospects and clients ask us to proceed with the accreditation I’m happy to do so and it makes logical sense. It can only feed into our overall good manufacturing principles to further improve our operation. We aim to have the certification complete in June 2020, subject to Covid-19 any guidelines or restrictions.