Advisory Services

HACCP International’s sister companies employ leading, industry experienced food scientists. The depth of their experience makes them ideal candidates for all consultancy in the food industry. The company conducts project-based work for many organisations in fields as diverse as listeria elimination to packaging reviews.

                                     “they are very impressive…..the deep end of the food tech gene pool”

The expert food safety team has over 400 years of combined food science, manufacturing and food industry experience. As a minimum, our staff have tertiary degrees in food science and most of our staff have post graduate qualifications including doctorates and master’s degrees.

On top of the formal qualifications, each team member has substantial industry experience and this is what makes a massive difference to our abilities. They are not ‘text-book techies’ or ‘labbies’. Not only do they know the difference between an Urschel and a cake of soap, they also know how to strip the first one down and re-assemble it!

Their practical knowledge underpins our science and this combination provides for problem solving and improvement executions which are second to none.

Fields of activity include;

Food Label development and compliance analysis

Advice on label requirements and conduct compliance analysis for international markets. Do you meet the legislated requirements?

     “…the government guy said it was fine to bring in but obviously didn’t look too closely at the label. My project manager took one look and found 4 breaches in as many seconds. She was right and saved me a lot of problems!”

Product Recall

A product recall can be a devastating occurrence in terms of brand, expense and cost. The team are experienced in the management of these events and can assist you to navigate through the potential nightmare and minimize your exposure.

The staff can take a simple technical advisory role or run the process as head of your recall action committee. They can also assist with withdrawal, destruction and recovery strategies for your food business. Further, our business partners can physically remove stock if required.

              “We decided to engage HACCP Australia for the recall as the whole event rapidly expanded outside our in-house areas of expertise….it was actually our insurer who gave us the contact and we are so, so glad we went down that path. We have stayed with them ever since but it was the recall consultancy that initially proved their professional capabilities beyond a doubt.”

They can also assist with clients’ preparedness by running mock recalls and assessments for your business. HACCP Australia additionally has strong links into the insurance industry in Australia and overseas and can point you or your broker to underwriters capable of giving the best advice in this regard.

Expert Witness and litigation

The company’s professional food scientists are some of the most capable in the world. The senior technologists have over 25 years’ experience in their fields and are often sought to provide expert witness information and professional comment on legal matters. Thorough, knowledgeable and highly experienced, the technical personnel are relied upon to provide the best information and insights in difficult and often sensitive matters.

Process plant design / Retail Fit-out design

With highly experienced staff who have designed process plants and managed facilities across the country and overseas, demand for our services see the team working in many facilities where ‘world’s best’ design criteria are used. They get to see the bad ones as well and have a clear understanding of potential pitfalls in process plant design.

             “I can see I should have spoken to you lot before I put the plans in….”

Many clients seek to ensure any new facility will meet national requirements for Food Processing Facilities and the requirements of HACCP. Expensive retro-refits can be avoided by a simple review of draft plans and often improvements to work flows can be suggested by our staff. With years combined food facility floor time, they have a good idea of what works and what does not.

Legislative interpretation

Although many improvements have been made to the regulations over the past years, the European Food Legislation can still be confusing to interpret especially in the grey areas that exist.

                “HACCP Australia steered me through the very complex regulatory minefields,…they obviously do this all the time. Thanks.”

HACCP Australia works continuously with the national regulatory authorities and have an intimate knowledge of their workings. We can also assist with international standards and legislation thorough our extensive technologist network.

Listeria consultancy

Listeria detected in your plant or products can have major implications for the viability of your operations. Product recalls, forced closures and intense scrutiny from the regulators are some of the outcomes that should be expected when this bacterium is detected in ready to eat foods. Three of our staff members have significant experience in the investigation and subsequent elimination of listeria spp from dairy, meats, vegetable and patisserie operations.

            “Knowing where to look is half the issue and the staff from HACCP (Australia) put their finger on the problem in a few days….in hindsight it would have been better to get them in earlier. I must say they worked well with the team and the Health Department”

We can definitely assist in reducing your listeria risk profile. Call us for more information.

Process and manufacturing troubleshooting

With years of manufacturing experience in production, QA and management positions, our team can assist with troubleshooting at your facility. Sectors from vegetables to retail, poultry to dairy and beverages to flight catering are covered within our deep experience pool.

The fee rates are relatively tiny when compared to the savings and improvements routinely made at our client organisations.

                       “I’m not a fan of consultants but I have altered my view when I witness him help strip a pasteuriser and find one of the causes of the problems we were experiencing…the other staff look up to him too….a real straight shooter”

Significant and sustainable improvements to recovery, efficiency and quality are typical outcomes of the work in client facilities. New processing techniques and improvements to work flows are other common results delivered.

Microbiological interpretations

HACCP International can assist in interpreting results of microbiological sampling of product, surfaces and for shelf life determinations.

If you are unsure of the significance of ‘TNTC’, ‘6×103 per ml’ or ‘MPN<3’, talk to the team to get a translation into language you and your staff understand. Helpful assistance is on hand with corrective action programmes when the results reveal a problem or a concerning trend.

Other consultancy work commissioned from HACCP Australia and our overseas partners include;

  • Risk Management
  • Sensory Evaluation
  • Building approval sign-offs
  • Shelf life extension
  • Product Development
  • Quality Assurance systems

Talk to us about your needs, we will be glad to propose a solution.