AFDO/Seafood Alliance HACCP Training Course coming in December

Commercial fish processors are encouraged to register for the next Seafood HACCP Certification course, coordinated by Michigan Sea Grant and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission in Brimley, Michigan.

A Seafood Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Training Course that is being coordinated by Michigan Sea Grant and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission will be held December 4-6, 2012 at Bay Mills Resort and Casino in Brimley, Michigan. Fish processors are required to take this training if they are not currently certified.

Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) consists of identifying safety hazards, determining where they occur, monitoring these points and recording the results. HACCP involves day-to-day monitoring of critical control points by production employees. The Seafood HACCP regulation that is enforced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is based on the belief that commercial fish processors can understand the food safety hazards of their products and take reasonable steps to control them. Commercial fish processors are required either to obtain formal training for one or more of their own employees or to hire trained independent contractors to perform the HACCP functions.The HACCP regulation requires processors to keep extensive records of processing and sanitation at their facilities.

At times, questions arise as to whether someone needs training in Seafood HACCP. The Seafood HACCP regulation defines processing as handling, storing, preparing, heading, eviscerating, shucking, freezing, changing into different market forms, manufacturing, preserving, packing, labeling, dockside unloading, or holding fish or fishery products. The regulation does not apply to the harvest or transport of fishery products. It also does not apply to practices such as heading, eviscerating or freezing intended solely to prepare a fish for holding on a harvest vessel. Retail establishments are also exempt from the Seafood HACCP regulation.

Fish processors who complete the course put themselves at a competitive advantage as they can then produce value added products such as smoked fish. Those completing the course will receive a Seafood Alliance HACCP Certificate issued through the Association of Food and Drug Officials that is recognized by agencies regulating fish processors.

The workshop agenda and registration information can be found by visiting the Michigan
Sea Grant website.

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