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Food Science and Technology

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RODRIGUES, Kelly Lameiro; SILVA, Jorge Adolfo  and  ALEIXO, José Antonio Guimarães. Effect of the implementation of the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) prerequisite program in an institutional foodservice unit in Southern Brazil. Ciênc. Tecnol. Aliment. [online]. 2012, vol.32, n.1, pp.196-200.  Epub Feb 24, 2012. ISSN 0101-2061.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-20612012005000018.

The aims of this study were to investigate the hygienic practices in the food production of an institutional foodservice unit in Southern Brazil and to evaluate the effect of implementing good food handling practices and standard operational procedures using microbiological hygiene indicators. An initial survey of the general operating conditions classified the unit as regular in terms of compliance with State safety guidelines for food service establishments. An action plan that incorporated the correction of noncompliance issues and the training of food handlers in good food handling practices and standard operational procedures were then implemented. The results of the microbiological analysis of utensils, preparation surfaces, food handlers' hands, water, and ambient air were recorded before and after the implementation of the action plan. The results showed that the implementation of this type of practice leads to the production of safer foods.

Keywords : catering services; microbiological food quality; HACCP.

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