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#1 Omega Lim

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 03:15 AM



How to determine whether the process step is an OPRP or not?

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 07:00 AM

Hi Omaga


First decide which hazards are significant: Hazard assessment

The organization shall conduct, for each identified food safety hazard, a hazard assessment to determine whether its prevention or reduction to an acceptable level is essential.

The organization shall evaluate each food safety hazard with regard to:

a) the likelihood of its occurrence in the end product prior to application of control measures;

b) the severity of its adverse health effects in relation to the intended use (see The organization shall identify any significant food safety hazards.

The methodology used shall be described, and the result of the hazard assessment shall be maintained as documented information.


Next determine if the control measure selected is adequate and whether it should be categorized as OPRP or CCP using the following prescribed criteria: Selection and categorization of control measure(s) Based on the hazard assessment, the organization shall select an appropriate control measure or combination of control measures that will be capable of preventing or reducing the identified significant food safety hazards to defined acceptable levels.

The organization shall categorize the selected identified control measure(s) to be managed as OPRP(s) (see 3.30) or at CCPs (see 3.11).

The categorization shall be carried out using a systematic approach. For each of the control measures selected, there shall be an assessment of the following:

a) the likelihood of failure of its functioning;

b) the severity of the consequence in the case of failure of its functioning; this assessment shall include:

1) the effect on identified significant food safety hazards;

2) the location in relation to other control measure(s);

3) whether it is specifically established and applied to reduce the hazards to an acceptable level;

4) whether it is a single measure or is part of combination of control measure(s). In addition, for each control measure, the systematic approach shall include an assessment of the feasibility of:

a) establishing measurable critical limits and/or measurable/observable action criteria;

b) monitoring to detect any failure to remain within critical limit and/or measurable/observable action criteria;

c) applying timely corrections in case of failure.


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