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Critical control points along the organic food supply chain

Wyss, Gabriela and Lück, Lorna (2005) Critical control points along the organic food supply chain. Paper at: Final Workshop of the EU FP5 Concerted Action “Recommendations for improved procedures for securing consumer oriented food safety and quality of certified organic foods from plough to plate (“Organic HACCP”), University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 6 January 2005.

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Within the framework of “Organic HACCP” a systematic analysis was carried out among selected certified organic food production chains (wheat bread, cabbage, tomatoes, apples, wine, eggs, milk) to investigate current procedures of production management and quality assurance related to the chains. Relevant critical control points (CCPs) were accordingly assessed for the single management steps of production, wholesale, processing, transport and retail.
Therefore, a questionnaire was set up by experts knowledgeable in the areas of seven quality and safety criteria such as microbial toxins and abiotic contaminants, nutrient content and food additives, pathogens, freshness and taste, natural plant toxicants, fraud, social and ethical aspects. Questions were formulated with regard to the areas of consumer concerns. A database was established to carry out the analysis of collected data representing several regions typical for the selected commodity and to overview the management steps and their critical control points.
The database contains information on i) the background of the CCPs, ii) the quantitative risk related to other chains in the analysis or, if relevant, compared with data from other studies, iii) how and why the step is controlled in the chain or suggestions of means for improved control and, iv) discussions in relation to the differences between the chains.
Possibilities which may alleviate the problem at a later stage, if relevant, are also included. The lecture will highlight examples of critical control points along organic food chains.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Organic HACCP, Qualitätssicherung
Subjects: Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Research affiliation: European Union > Organic HACCP
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Food Quality
UK > Univ. Newcastle
Related Links:http://www.fibl.org/english/research/food-quality/index.php
Deposited By: Wyss, Dr. Gabriela S.
ID Code:5926
Deposited On:13 Oct 2005
Last Modified:11 Dec 2013 12:45
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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