My Experience With HACCP Plan Food Safety Education

One of my duties here at FoodReady food safety software is to write blog articles about food safety. So I do spend a lot of time researching food safety and different food safety systems and I have learned a lot. ...

My HACCP training experience

One of my duties here at FoodReady food safety software is to write blog articles about food safety. So I do spend a lot of time researching food safety and different food safety systems and I have learned a lot. As part of my research I learned that a HACCP plan is the center of a successful food safety system, like SQF, GFSI, GMP, and BRC. Because of this, it only made sense that I get HACCP certified to truly understand what a HACCP plan is and how to build one correctly using our HACCP builder. My coworker suggested that I contact BD Food Safety. I learn best in person and I was able to attend their two day HACCP certification training in Naperville Illinois. They also offer online LIVE training if travel to the Midwest doesn’t work for you. Anyway, I thought the course was excellent, and I would like to share my experience.

First, they measured our starting knowledge.

As part of the training our instructor first had us take a short evaluation to see the level of knowledge in our class. Our class contained mostly people working in quality assurance at food manufacturing facilities, but like me there were a few people who needed training because they needed HACCP plan knowledge for other reasons like sales etc. My starting knowledge was pretty good since I do a lot of reading about food safety, but this course drove the information home in a way that made it stick!

We learned the 7 principles of a HACCP plan and how to build a HACCP plan.

After we took the quiz, we started learning about the 7 principles of a HACCP plan in detail. I liked the BD Food Safety Consulting approach because the information was presented in several ways and we had group exercises which for me is the best way to learn new material is by “doing”, rather than just listening. I also learned more about the food manufacturing business and really enjoyed getting to know the other attendees. 

We had a final exam and I am proud to say that I had a perfect score and am now HACCP plan certified! Thank you BD Food Safety!

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HACCP certification demonstrates a commitment to food safety, can improve operational efficiency by reducing the risk of food safety hazards, and may be a requirement for doing business with certain retailers or entering specific markets. It also helps in preparing for regulatory inspections and audits by third-party certification bodies.
Yes, HACCP principles are versatile and can be applied across a wide range of food businesses, from manufacturing and processing to retail and food service. The principles are designed to be adapted to the specific processes and risks associated with different types of food products and production methods.
The duration of HACCP certification training can vary depending on the provider and the depth of the course. Some basic courses might be completed in a day, while more comprehensive training, including the development and implementation of a HACCP plan, could take two days or more. The specific time also depends on whether the training is done in-person or online.
Generally, there are no formal prerequisites for attending HACCP certification training. However, it is beneficial for participants to have a basic understanding of food safety principles and practices, as well as some experience in the food industry. Some advanced courses may require prior completion of a basic HACCP course.

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Saro Loucks

Saro Loucks is the Director of Content and a Food Safety Advisor for FoodReady. Saro is certified in HACCP and a trained SQF Practitioner. When Saro is not editing, writing, or advising new customers on what food safety goals they should pursue, she enjoys spending time with her family, baking gluten-free sourdough bread, and playing Mahjong.
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