What is the GHP and HACCP Toolbox for Food Safety?
This toolbox contains guidance documents to strengthen food safety capacities, both public and private, in order to:
- develop and implement food safety programmes based on internationally recognized food safety standards, as promoted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission; and
- be able to identify and integrate standard food safety management approaches, such as those promoted by the Codex General Principles of Food Hygiene, into policies following a food systems approach.
What is the purpose of the GHP and HACCP Toolbox for Food Safety?
This toolbox has been designed to:
- assist users as they think through problems and make decisions to reduce the risk of food safety related issues;
- systematically present the context and principles of good hygiene practices (GHP) and good manufacturing practices (GMP) and HACCP;
- provide knowledge in a format adapted for portable devices; and
- explain the principles within the Codex Alimentarius General Principles of Food Hygiene guidelines.
Who will want to use this GHP and HACCP Toolbox for Food Safety?
The guidance documents contained in this toolbox have been designed for a range of stakeholders with a role and interest in food production and processing, including producers, those in academia, including students, government officials, food safety officers and the private sector, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.
While anyone is invited to learn from the contents of the GHP and HACCP Toolbox, it is intended for those with a background in food safety/food technology/food production but who might be looking for practical guidance in implementing or improving food safety management systems at different levels in government, industry and the non-governmental sector.
The teams behind the GHP & HACCP Toolbox for Food Safety
FAO staff developed the technical materials in this toolbox to be used in delivering FAO food safety capacity development projects. To ensure that the materials provide a solid learning experience for users, the FAO Food Safety Team worked with a team of experts from the University of Guelph, in Ontario, Canada, with expertise in food safety and in food production and processing, delivery of food safety training and online tool development, to refine and modify the contents for use as an online resource.