Color-coding is an important part of any food safety program. Not only does it help prevent cross-contamination due to pathogens, allergens and foreign contaminates, color-coding has a variety of other uses. With the number of governmental regulations growing, it is essential that food processing facilities stay on top of the current trends and best practices to be market leaders. Implementing a color-coding program is a great way to help accomplish that. Many food processors have taken the proactive step of instituting a color-coding program as part of their food safety practices. Color-coding separates the tools used in one type of task or location from another, helping prevent tools from becoming sources of cross-contamination.
Color-coding supports and strengthens the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) Plan. HACCP is a management system in which food safety risks are addressed through the analysis and preventive control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards throughout the supply chain from food production to consumption. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “any action or activity that can be used to prevent, eliminate, or reduce a significant hazard” is considered a control measure. Color-coding is an excellent example of a control measure.
Once potential food safety hazards are identified, CCPs can be documented. FDA defines a CCP in a food manufacturing process as “a step at which control can be applied and is essential to prevent or eliminate a food safety hazard or reduce it to an acceptable level.”
Color coding’s main purpose is to separate and organize. This is especially important in the food industry where cross-contamination, allergen cross-contact, and cleaning chemical strength are all concerns. Using the closest brush at hand is a recipe for disaster—and a costly recall.
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