Date: May 8, 1995 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Judith Foulke, PHS/FDA (202) 205-4144
FDA Announces Food Safety Pilot
The Food and Drug Administration today announced that seven major food companies have joined the agency in a pilot program to test on a broad scale, a system of preventive controls designed to enhance food safety.
Under this approach, called Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points, or HACCP, companies analyze their manufacturing processes to determine the "critical control points" where problems are most likely to occur and where preventive measures need to be focused. For example, controlled heating time and temperature in the cooking process ensure that harmful bacteria are destroyed.
"Building safety into the food manufacturing process is the idea behind HACCP," said FDA Commissioner David A. Kessler, M.D. "It simply makes sense to design safety into the process, rather than rely on inspections and sampling to identify unsafe products after they have been made."
The companies that volunteered to take part in the pilot program and the products involved represent a wide range of foods and manufacturing processes. They include:
Campbell-Taggart, Inc., St. Louis, Mo. -- pan breads
Con Agra, Omaha, Neb. -- flour
Ocean Spray Cranberries, Lakeville-Middleboro, Mass. -- pasteurized juice
Pillsbury, Minneapolis, Minn. -- bakery products
Hans Kissle Foods, Wilmington, Mass. -- quiche.
The Massachusetts Department of Health is participating in the pilot in cooperation with Hans Kissle Foods.
Food companies' participation in this pilot will help FDA determine whether HACCP is practical for the food industry. Individual firms will have the opportunity to work with FDA to determine how best to apply HACCP to their particular plant or segment of the industry, and to help in the development of regulatory policies that would minimize burden while guarding against food safety hazards.
In Jan. 1994, FDA proposed a mandatory HACCP system for the seafood industry.
On Aug. 4, 1994, FDA solicited public comments on how HACCP systems might affect various other segments of the food industry, and also invited manufacturers to volunteer for this pilot.
Additional firms will be announced as they are chosen.
FDA is one of eight Public Health Service agencies in HHS.