The Journey Towards HACCP Certification: A Case of GDC

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October 20, 2020 02:30 PM (PDT)–03:30 PM (PDT)
In Kenya, geothermal manifestation is usually in remote locations where drilling crew together with other important team members are expected to camp at the project site to allow for 24 hours operation of the drilling services. In Geothermal Development Company (GDC), an In-House Catering Service was adopted to provide safe and healthy meals to the technical team camping at the remote project sites; in Menengai and Baringo – Silali projects. Remote project sites disadvantage delivery of safe meals due to long dusty distances, lack of appropriate facilities and existence of living organisms among others. At the start of the In-House catering service, there were no documented food safety management processes to help in ensuring preparation of safe meals which led to staff having food borne related illnesses. HACCP, an internationally recognized logical and scientific system aimed at controlling safety problems in food production, was adopted by GDC to ensure preparation and delivery of safe meals. The 5 preliminary stages of HACCP development, the 7 principles and baseline studies were carried out in an effort to document the HACCP system. Implementation of the approved HACCP was rolled out immediately. Over the last two years since the roll out of HACCP implementation, GDC has not only benefited in achieving preparation and serving of safe meals but also reduced its operational costs, increased staff confidence in catering services, reduced staff output due to reduction of cases of food borne illnesses among others. For GDC to draw full benefits from the HACCP system, it is recommended that the pending prerequisite programs be fully implemented, a detailed review to be carried out by a consultant, and a credited Certification Body should be engaged to have GDC get certified. This paper examines this journey that GDC has followed to implement and draw benefits from the HACCP system with the aim of getting certified.
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