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Hazard analysis and critical control point. Food production, storage, and distribution monitoring system for identification and control of associated health hazards. It is aimed at prevention of contamination, instead of end-product evaluation. In place of relying on food inspectors to detect food safety problems, HACCP shifts the responsibility to the food producer to ensure that the product is safely consumable. Proposed by the Codex Alimentarius Commission for the food industry in general, and meat, poultry, and seafood industry in particular, it has been adopted by some 150 countries. See also HACCP process, and seven principles of HACCP.

Why do I need a HAACP program?

If you’re in the food manufacturing business then food safety is one of the most important aspects of your production process.  A HAACP program demonstrates that you have identified and are actively preventing potential sources of contamination and risk in your production process.  A copy of your HAACP program is often asked for by potential foreign clients.  More so now than ever before this has become a necessary requirement for conducting business overseas.

Listed below are state contacts who can assist you in developing a HAACP program for your business.  In addition, there are various consultants available through web searches that can assist you in developing your HAACP program.

State HAACP Contacts and Coordinators

North Carolina

Donald Delozier (Contact)
State Director
NC Dept. of Agriculture
Meat & Poultry Inspection Services
P.O. Box 27647
Raleigh, NC 27611
Phone: (919) 733-4136
Fax: (919) 715-0246

Dr. John Rushing (Coordinator)
Dept. of Food Science
North Carolina State University
Box 7624
Raleigh, NC 27695-7624
Phone: (919) 515-2958
Fax: (919) 515-7124


Dr. Fletcher Arritt (Coordinator)
Extension Specialist
Department of Food Science
Campus Box 7624 / 129 Schaub Hall
Raleigh, NC 27695-7624
Phone: (919) 512-0176
Fax: (919) 515-7124

Dana Hanson (Coordinator)
Extension Specialist
North Carolina State University
Box 7624
Raleigh, NC 27695
Phone: (919) 515-2958
Fax: (919) 515-7124


NCDA&CS International Trade Office, Peter Thornton, Assistant Director
Mailing Address: 1020 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1020
Physical Address: 2 W. Edenton Street, Room 411, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3153; FAX: (919) 715-0083