The Challenge

finding a suitable electronic system to manage HACCP and TACCP Assessments

TACCP (Threat Assessment & Critical Control Point) and VACCP (Vulnerability Assessment & Critical Control Point) are the latest focus by large food processing companies.  While there are a number of electronic systems designed for maintaining HACCP Plans, the food industry is moving on and needs more advanced tools to assist.

TACCP is a process to assess threats from ideologically motivated individuals.  It builds on HACCP.  Many precautions taken to assure food safety are likely to also deter or detect deliberate malicious acts.  TACCP involves more of the process than HACCP as focuses on control of materials and products, purchasing, processes, premises, distribution networks and business systems.

Flowcharting is an integral part of the TACCP assessment process and just as for HACCP the resulting flow diagrams can contain hundreds of steps and associated risk assessments.  Reviewing and keeping this information up to date is a time consuming task, often with multiple staff members involved.

The Solution: InformationLeader

for our client and the industry as a whole

Incorporating the capability to easily develop and manage TACCP within InformationLeader.  This data management system is currently used by the majority of large export meat and food processing companies in Australia and New Zealand.

How is this the answer?

InformationLeader has available a Plans module for HACCP. The formats used for HACCP are easily transferable for TACCP.

While HACCP plans are relatively standard these days the TACCP process seems to be much more varied in the assessment stages, and the records that result. There does not seem to be a set process – it is determined by the organisation conducting the process.

While HACCP plans are relatively standard these days the TACCP process seems to be much more varied in the assessment stages, and the records that result. There does not seem to be a set process – it is determined by the organisation conducting the process.

The option to integrate it fully with the HACCP Plan or to set up a separate flow diagram and associated record forms is available. The former would be the recommendation. The reporting function would then be used to produce the resultant Threat Reports. Crisis Management procedures and Contingency Plans which currently exist are easily linked.
A Drag-and-Drop Flow Chart is built within the template. This feature creates flow charts directly in InformationLeader. This negates the need for a separate package or even Excel and Word to produce the flowchart. Linkage with other parts of the template means a change made at this level flows through directly.

The automatic coding, numbering and re-numbering abilities of flowchart nodes is the time saving feature: add a new step and the existing steps are renumbered, remove a step and the remaining.