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Food Microbiology Management

Monitoring – To review, confirm and document evidence of the implementation against documented limits.

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Monitoring: Monitoring is the act of reviewing and confirming measurable parameters of a defined process or product status.

Monitoring requirements within food industry sectors are generally identified against limits of acceptability defined within HACCP plans, implementation procedures and work instructions. Monitoring usually includes some element of record keeping, which may be maintained manually or through digital systems. It is important to consider that advancements of technology have spawned many systems and processes which are self monitored and or self adjusted when variances are identified. Regardless of the system used; The goal of any monitoring activity is to provide sufficient evidence that any limit of acceptability has been met.


Traditional Food Microbiology Management monitoring requirements include manual recording and the application of corrective actions when the results of monitoring are found to be outside acceptable limits. Corrective Actions should also generally be strongly linked to the monitoring process where applied to ensure full traceability of the applied actions.


Common monitoring activities and record formats may be applicable to Food Microbiology Management:
- HACCP Monitoring Records: HACCP Monitoring Records, by their design will provide evidence of the control of potential hazards that may, if un-controlled, contribute to Microbiological food borne illness.


If your food business supplies foodstuffs manufactured to a customer’s specifications, it is important to consider any specific Food Microbiology Management Monitoring requirements in relation to their items.


You may wish to visit the Food Microbiology Management Templates section of haccp.com for examples of Food Microbiology Management documentation, record and resource formats commonly applied within food safety and quality systems.


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