TACCP (Threat Analysis Critical Control Point)
In 2008 the World Health Organisation issued Guidance on the Terrorist Threat to Food giving advice for the deterrence, detection and defeat of ideologically motivated and other forms of malicious attack on food and drink and their supply arrangements.
In 2010 the UK Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure published PAS 96:2010 - Defending Food and Drink and in June 2011 issued a warning - "The Food chain is at risk of being poisoned by terrorist groups - Food and drink sold in Britain is under a growing threat from terrorist groups which might try to poison supplies, the Government's security advisers have warned"
An increasing number of Food Companies are asking many questions now regarding controlling the risks of malicious food contamination (as opposed to accidental contamination). These customers have put in place Food Defence Systems to help manage and reduce these risks and now expect their suppliers to do the same.
One of the main components of developing a Food Defence System is to conduct a Threat Assessment Critical Control Point (TACCP) exercise.
This involves a the systematic assessment of threats, examination of processes to identify vulnerable points, and implementation of remedial action to improve resilience against malicious attacks by individuals or groups. It specifically considers that malicious attack is likely to involve unforeseen agents or materials or strategies.
Keith Ogden has worked with a number of large packaging companies/groups to help them conduct a TACCP study covering their unique circumstances considering geographical location, business and customer sensitivities, and possible product issues.
If you are considering conducting a Food Defence TACCP for your business please contact Keith Ogden at Effective Control Ltd to see how we can help.