New Changes to Codex HACCP
On September 25, 2020, the Codex Alimentarius Commission adopted the revised Code of Practice (General Principles of Food Hygiene (CXC 1-1969) and its HACCP annex).
This code of practice provides “a common ground for the control of food safety worldwide and forms the basis for all other Codex hygiene texts and standards.
The revision includes updates which will enable better application by food business operators, competent authorities and other stakeholders.
The code also provides more guidance on the important health issue of allergens which complements the adoption of a new Codex code of practice on allergen management.
See Some Examples
The definitions section in Codex HACCP 2020 has been greatly expanded.
As an example, there are new definitions included for acceptable level, competent authority, food hygiene system, good hygiene practices (GHPs) and prerequisite program.
The definition of ‘validation’ has been removed and replaced with ‘validation of control measures’. The action of validating a control measure requires ensuring that the control measure selected is actually capable of controlling an identified hazard.