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An Introduction to HACCP Advantage

HACCP Advantage

Several provincial governments in Canada have developed food safety programs based on HACCP and designed specifically for small and medium sized food processors in their province. Each of these programs are based on the original Ontario HACCP Advantage model and evolved to meet the regulations and standards of the individual provinces. Food and beverage processing facilities wishing to adopt a government recognized food safety program can implement one of these programs:

In Ontario, the provincially recognized programs are known as the Advantage Series of Food Safety Programs, including Advantage GMP, Advantage HACCP and Advantage HACCP Plus.

In Manitoba, the programs are known as GMP Advantage, HACCP Advantage and Advantage Plus+.

In Alberta the programs are known as Alberta HACCP Advantage (AHA!); AHA!GMP and AHA!HACCP.

Official certification confirming adherence to these programs is provided following successful completion of an independent t audit. In Ontario and Manitoba this is provided by the Canadian General Standards Board. In Alberta, independent auditors recognized by Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development can provide certification.

HACCP provides businesses with a cost effective system for control of food safety from ingredient sourcing through production, storage and distribution to the final consumer. The preventive nature of HACCP not only improves food safety but also complements other quality management systems.

Other benefits include:

As food safety standards improve, staff morale generally improves
Avoids food safety risks, and embarrassment for your customers
Ensures you are compliant with applicable regulations and codes
Organizes your process and procedures, including buying practices
Organizes your staff, promoting teamwork and accountability

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has developed
The Advantage Series of Food Safety Programs. Please visit the linked webpage for details

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