Hey all. I worked with NSF pretty closely with this program and this is similar but is a bit more printer friendly and makes the section pretty cut and dry.
Food Safety Risk Analysis Matrix.docx
Note that this thread is specifically discussing the food quality code, the matrix you uploaded is for the food safety code. Your food quality plan should never be looking at safety issues.
Hi FFF. This is great. With this we can start to do the Quality Threat Analysis. Anything in red is Significant Threat? Using your Matrix, Q1: Based on the likelihood of occurrence (before applying the control measure) and the severity (Customer Impression of the Quality Defect), is this quality threat (needs to be controlled)? YES: This is a significant quality threat. Go to Q2. NO: This is not a significant quality threat.
How will you proceed with Q2 to Q5 for the Significant threats? Do you have an example? Thanks.
It really depends on the quality threat you need to control. I don't really like the decision tree/5 questions in practice, I think it adds confusion as it feels like it was intended to help you figure out whether something you're already doing is actually a CCP/CQP, rather than actually analyzing a hazard/threat and determining if/where/when it needs to be controlled in the entire process flow.
I suppose here's an example:
Quality threat: >40% of potato chips are broken per bag.
Significant? Sure, it's happened before and people hate it, if we didn't take steps to mitigate this would happen often.
Are there steps in my process where I have control over this issue? Depends on root cause, but could be material handling, storage, stacking, bag seals, bag inflation, etc.
Some of those will be CQP's, others may not depending on risk and other downstream controls (sorting etc.).
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