Note that question 2 applies to processing operations

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Note that Question 2 applies to processing operations only. For incoming materials as delivered, write "no" and proceed to Question 3. Question 3: Could contamination with the identified hazard occur in excess of acceptable levels or increase to unacceptable levels? In other words, is it likely that the hazard could have an impact on the safety of the product? Question 3 refers to both probability (likelihood) and seriousness. The
response is a judgement call involving risk assessment which must be based on all of the information that has been gathered. When answering "yes" or "no", it may be useful to explain in the Question 3 column the basis of the response, for future reference. This would be especially useful in dealing with some hazards that may be controversial. If searches in the company's complaint files or scientific literature suggest that contamination with the identified hazard may increase to an unacceptable level and result in an unacceptable health hazard, answer "yes" and proceed to the next question in the decision tree. If the contamination is not known to represent a substantial threat to human health or is not likely to occur, answer "no" (not a CCP) and proceed to the next identified hazard in the process. Question 4: Will a subsequent step eliminate the identified hazard or reduce likely occurrence to an acceptable level? This question is designed to identify those hazards that are known to represent a human health threat or that could increase to an unacceptable level, and that will be controlled by a subsequent process operation. If no subsequent operation is scheduled in the process to control this identified hazard, answer "no". This particular process step becomes a CCP and should be identified as such in the last column of Form 8. If there is a subsequent operation or operations later in the process that will eliminate the identified hazard or reduce it to an acceptable level, answer "yes". This step is not a CCP. However, you will need to identify the subsequent step(s) that control(s) the hazard, thus proceeding to the next identified hazard. IDENTIFICATION OF CCPs The last column in Form 8 is where CCPs are identified. CCPs should be identified numerically with a category qualifier B, P or C for biological, physical or chemical. For example, if the first CCP identified will control a biological hazard, it is recorded as CCP-1 (B). If the second CCP identified will control a chemical hazard, it is recorded as CCP-2 (C). If the fifth CCP will control both a biological and a chemical hazard at the same processing operation, it is recorded as CCP-5 (BC). This identification protocol was developed to identify CCPs sequentially, independent of process operation numbering, and to indicate readily to the user of the HACCP plan which type(s) of hazard need(s) to be controlled at a particular process operation.

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