Quality assurance advice (Q&A) - Volume 3

BY Rolf Uys

Q: We have heard that HACCP is going to be replaced with a new system called HARPC. Is this true? Is HACCP on its way out?


A: HARPC is the acronym for Hazard Analysis and Risk Based Preventive Controls.  HARPC forms part of the United States of America’s new Food Safety Modernization Act.


The USA had recently decided to overhaul its food safety regulations to be more in line with modern times. This was pre-empted by several major food safety failures that lead to fatalities. It was the biggest change in food regulations since the 1938 Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act was published. This new, revised Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law by US president Barack Obama on 4 January 2011.

South African Food companies are affected by this Act in a few ways. Firstly, those who export directly to the USA will need to come to terms with the Food Safety Modernization Act, otherwise their product will no longer be accepted. Our biggest exporters, that are directly affected, are the fruit and the seafood industries. Secondly, large USA based multinationals will probably start applying these rules in all their companies worldwide in order to ensure consistency.


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 November 13, 2013
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