Juice Processors ask to be exempt from HACCP Regulations.
One major component of the juice HACCP requires processors to have a written plan, which must be verified and validated from time to time. A second major part requires processors to include in their HACCP plans control measures that will consistently produce a 5-log reduction. The processor must perform this reduction and final product packaging of all juice subject to the exemptions within a single production facility.
As currently written, the single facility requirement dictates that the HACCP plans of such processors include a 5-log pathogen reduction in addition to the 5-log reduction performed by the same processor at a different plant or by a processor other than the one from which the juice was purchased, according to the juice processors.
If processors are required to repasteurize shelf-stable and concentrated juices as is currently required by the single facility requirement, the process would create a "severe negative impact on the flavor." the groups said. The single facility requirement will require processors to acquire equipment they do not currently possess, at capital costs far exceeding those estimated by FDA, to repasteurize incoming products, they said. These added costs would be passed on to consumers, the groups said.
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|Comment:||Juice Processors ask to be exempt from HACCP Regulations.|
|Publication:||Food & Drink Weekly|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Feb 11, 2002|
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