HACCP compliance - what's that about?
Posted on Dec 04, 2018 by Mark
In designing our range of fuels for cooking, we started with the basic rules of health and hygeine. In 2004 these were detailed in law under
REGULATION (EC) No 852/2004 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL
of 29 April 2004
on the hygiene of foodstuffs
In the UK, the recognised process by which we identify compliance with this regulation is using HACCP (Hazard analysis and critical control points). This is a systematic methodology to ensure levels of food health and hygience and compliance with the European regulation.
Who is affected? In simple terms, anyone who sells food. This means all supermarkets, restaurants, outdoor caterers etc.
It is the responsibility for all food outlets to undertake a comprehensive assessment to identify potential risks to health and hygiene, and implement control measures to mitigate those risks. So, you have done the risk assesment on your suppliers of food; your meat, your cheese, your salad etc. But what about the wood you are bringing into a food environment? Is the product free from bacteria, mould, insects, chemicals or contaminants? Is it appropriately bagged/boxed? Has it been appropriately wrapped in transit to avoid cross contamination? Where has it been stored since manufacture? As an operator of an outlet selling food, you are responsible for identifying and controlling all areas of possible risk which could affect food hygiene both within your environment and your supply chain.
As Sitta is an Italian product, and wood fired cooking is a way of life, many years ago Sitta decided to invest in the technology to ensure total compliance with the legislation, and produce products that our customers can trsut. This meant starting with testing of all the raw materials, and operating the factory in such a manner to ensure a food-grade quality product.
This attention to the detail of the legislation has produced a range of products which are 100% certified compliant with food safety legislation. To this end, we print the test data on each carton.
We believe that we are the only company that puts testing and certification as an integral part of our production process, to ensure that our products are consistently to the highest standard.
We continue the same level of scrutiny throughout the storage and distribution process too, ensuring that we transport goods from the factory in sealed containers with no other products which could give rise to cross-contamination. We store the products in a food-grade warehouse and we package and distribute them with the same care and attention.
The good news is that whether you are commercial operator, or just cooking at home for friends and family, you can be sure that using our wood-fuel will give you peace of mind that you are fully compliant with legislation, and will not harm you, your customers and your friends.