I receive a lot of haccp documentation showing that reception of raw material is a CCP; however, I have learned that it is not typically deemed a CCP. Does anyone have any insight here? My vendor has answered the first two questions on the CCP decision tree as yes, leading them to the assumption that this is a CCP step; however I still am not sure if the measures implemented (supplier approval, preliminary testing) is enough to truly eliminate any likely hazards present to a low enough level.
(1) It might depend on what the specific hazard is that is responsible for the claimed CCP ?
(2) It might also depend on which flavour of haccp you are taslking about ? Codex-type ? FSMA-type? iso-type ?
IMEX, for traditional haccp, most raw material "hazards" considered to be reponsible for CCPs are usually either classified as PRPs or as "controlled at later process stages".
Some textbooks even end up with "CCPs" for the raw material supplier !
PS - Just as an example from iso22002-1 (a reference list for Prerequisite Programs for fssc22000 )-
9.1 General requirements Purchasing of materials which impact food safety shall be controlled to ensure that the suppliers used have the capability to meet the specified requirements.
The conformance of incoming materials to specified purchase requirements shall be verified.
9.3 Incoming material requirements
Materials shall be inspected, tested or covered by COA to verify conformance to specified requirements prior to acceptance or use. The method of verification shall be documented.