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#1 Steve04

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Posted 10 October 2020 - 09:53 AM

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I am looking for a steer please. We are looking at having our UK bakery products tested for HACCP Validation to the regulatory standard as per 852/2004. Are there any labs in the UK that do this and could you confirm what the cost/process would be?

 

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Posted 10 October 2020 - 10:25 AM

There are quite a few labs that could potentially do this, but cost/process is a bit of a "how long is a piece of string?" question ;)

Arguably the most recognisable name would be Campden BRI, but I very much doubt they'll be the cheapest. Nonetheless I'd give them a call and talk your requirements through.

It's likely that there are a large number of other contract testing providers who could also do what you need, so I'd ring around to get some quotes and ideas - if you have a local lab with ISO17025 accreditation then I'd start there, but all the usual suspects (Eurofins, ALS, RSSL etc) will almost certainly be able to do what you need.



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Posted 10 October 2020 - 05:30 PM

Thanks for this.Sorry stupid question but does ISO17025 equate to UKAS accreditation?

 

In terms of the process, my understanding is that for UK regulatory/852 Validation, a scoping of potential pathogens relevant to the products e.g. STEC, Listeria, needs to be done first, and then the end products are deliberately dosed with these pathogens so that the kill step e.g. baking can be confirmed as effective against relevant pathogens likely to affect end products.Is this understanding correct?

 

Thanks again for your advice.



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Posted 12 October 2020 - 08:06 AM

Thanks for this.Sorry stupid question but does ISO17025 equate to UKAS accreditation?

Yes - UKAS is the UK body responsible for accrediting labs and testing services to the ISO17025 standard. If you use labs elsewhere in Europe outside the UK, you want to look for ISO17025 (in most cases, although there could be exceptions) rather than UKAS.

 

 

 

In terms of the process, my understanding is that for UK regulatory/852 Validation, a scoping of potential pathogens relevant to the products e.g. STEC, Listeria, needs to be done first, and then the end products are deliberately dosed with these pathogens so that the kill step e.g. baking can be confirmed as effective against relevant pathogens likely to affect end products.Is this understanding correct?

 

The regulation itself is pretty vague on actual requirements, but then it's intended to apply to a very wide range of businesses, from one-man coffee trucks to large multinationals. My experience has been that the regulators apply an expected amount of proportionality based on the nature of the business and activities, so if you're the one-man coffee truck then you're not going to be expected to have the same level of plan and associated verification/validation in place that you'd want to see in a high risk product made on a massive scale by a company that has (or should have) the knowledge and resource to implement a more comprehensive and robust HACCP plan. The regulation itself doesn't really go into any detail and indeed whilst Article 5(2)(f) gives a requirement to verify, the regulation itself doesn't actually mention validation.

 

It is worth noting that there are situations where validation based on appropriate (e.g. peer-reviewed journals, guidance from suitable industry bodies etc) literature can be acceptable, so you could also look at that. Bread isn't my area of expertise, but I would expect there to be quite a lot of published information on it.

Full challenge testing with intentional dosing is something I've only had to do once, and that was for a very unusual process/situation that I can't discuss due to NDAs etc. Nonetheless it's worth noting that this used surrogate organisms - known pathogens that are chosen for being hard to kill in your product matrix are a risk that most people don't want to intentionally introduce to their sites if they can avoid it ;)



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Posted 12 October 2020 - 01:59 PM

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