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Spices From December 2018 newsletter


Guideline 72 (TACCP/VACCP: threat and vulnerability assessments - food fraud and food defence) has been updated to reflect changes in food fraud and food defence, with considerations including updates to standards, retailer requirements and reference documents.

A key defence in the security of food, which mitigates against unacceptable risks, is the systematic evaluation of deliberately perpetrated exploitation of the supply chain. It needs to be carried out by an experienced and trusted team.

This has been called both ‘threat assessment and critical control point (TACCP)’ and ‘vulnerability assessment and critical control point (VACCP)’. The evaluations reflect established procedures for risk management and it is likely that organisations will increasingly incorporate it into a framework for crisis and/or business continuity management. The Guideline focuses on providing practical guidance on conducting a threat or vulnerability assessment study, and the key elements to consider.

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