Assessment of hazard analysis and critical control points principles in primary school feeding schemes in the Western Region of Gauteng
Assessment of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points Principles in Primary School Feeding Schemes in the Western Region of Gauteng Objective: The objective of this study is to investigate the need for standard hygiene and safety practices for the National School Nutrition Program (NSNP). Food safety procedures and practices can be implemented as part of the Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points (HACCP) program. Background: The National School Nutrition Program (NSNP) forms part of the Integrated Nutrition Program (INP) of South Africa and was implemented as a poverty alleviation strategy introduced in 1994 by government as part of the newly founded democratic Republic of South Africa. The NSNP is implemented in primary schools. Design: A questionnaire was designed to investigate, the hygiene and safety practices in primary schools in the Western Region of Gauteng. Both rural and urban schools using the NSNP were targeted. Research Project: The NSNP staff from 26 primary schools completed the research questionnaire focused on hygiene and safety practices. Results: Data collected indicated the need to implement a very basic HACCP program that include identifying the HACCP team, training for food handlers, standardized equipment and the implementation of hygiene and safety procedures. Conclusion: To implement HACCP in the NSNP, the role players from the managerial structures and food handlers at schools, the training needs of the target group and the equipment needed to comply with HACCP procedures, should to be identified. Documentation must be in place for monitoring, evaluation and verification procedures to implement the HACCP program.
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