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HACCP concept
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point

Preamble

In the food industry, the HACCP concept is gaining in importance.
For the effectiveness of the HACCP concept, hand and personal hygiene is one of the most important requirements for the production and delivery of perfect food to consumers.

Everyone who works in a food company must be able to show that his / her health is suitable for it, regardless of whether they are a full-time employee, temporary worker, intern or delivery driver. In addition to the legal requirements, hygiene-conscious behaviour, care when handling food and a high level of personal cleanliness are essential.

What is behind the HACCP concept?

HACCP ("Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points") refers to hazard analysis and control of critical points at all stages of the preparation, processing, manufacture, packaging, storage, transport, distribution, treatment and sale of food.

Who is the regulation legally binding for?

The HACCP regulation applies to all companies in which at least one of the above-mentioned activities is carried out, regardless of whether the purpose is profitable or not.

What does the HACCP concept require in terms of personal hygiene?

People who produce, handle or market food have to maintain a high level of personal cleanliness. Appropriate clean clothing and - if necessary - protective clothing are required.

Which hygiene regulations have to be observed for work clothes?

- Clean work clothing must always be available in a suitable form and in sufficient quantities.
- Private cleaning of work clothes is not permitted.
- Items such as bags, watches or jewellery must be stored separately from work clothing.
- Work shoes must be regularly cleaned and disinfected or covered.
- Hair (including beard) must be completely covered.

Change of work clothes:

- Daily if possible, otherwise single-use clothing as a cover.
- When moving from an impure to a clean area.
- Before the food is distributed.
- In the case of external contacts during working hours.

Work clothing includes:

Hoods, mouth and beard guards, gowns, jackets, pants, gloves, aprons, shoes and overshoes.

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