HACCP Frequently Asked Questions
Retail Food HACCP Frequently Asked Questions
What is HACCP?
HACCP stands for Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points. HACCP is a system used to ensure that all of the hazards associated with a food process are under control.
What is a HACCP Plan?
HACCP plans are written documents that delineate formal procedures for controlling hazards associated with a food process. In Colorado, HACCP Plans are required for Vacuum Packaging in which air is removed from the packaging and sealed. HACCP Plans are also required for reduced oxygen packaging processes where again food is placed in a bag and is sealed to extend the shelf life of a food product.
I was recently told by my local health agency that I need a HACCP plan. What do I need to do?
If you are the owner of a single restaurant, you will be required to work very closely with your local health agency for approval of your HACCP plan. For contact information for your local health agency, click here.
If you are the owner of a chain of restaurants, you are required to obtain statewide approval for your HACCP Plan. A chain of restaurants is defined as the ownership and operation of more than one of the same restaurants.
What do I need to do to obtain statewide approval for my HACCP plan?
Your HACCP plan must first be reviewed by a Process Authority prior to submittal to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability. A list of approved Process Authorities can be accessed by clicking here.
Once reviewed by a Process Authority, your HACCP plan should be submitted to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability for review and approval.