Understanding Specialized Processes & HACCP
“Specialized processing” is a method of preparing foods which have increased risk of foodborne illness. Under the Colorado Retail Food Establishment Rules and Regulations, specialized processes require a HACCP plan. Specialized processes include things like reduced oxygen packaging (ROP), commonly referred to as cryo-vacking, as well as acidification, fermentation, and curing. HACCP is a proactive, scientifically proven food safety program. A HACCP plan is a prescriptive, comprehensive document that aims to ensure the safe receiving, handling, preparation, and holding of food to help ensure the delivery of a safe product to consumers. Since specialized processes create an increased risk of foodborne illness, it is the responsibility of operators to prove that their process methodology will result in safe food production for the end consumer.