MANUAL OF NAVAL PREVENTIVE MEDICINE
follow-ups are mandated in a realistic fashion, taking available resources
(4) HACCP Inspection (See Model HACCP Inspection Data Form in
(a) Establishments operating under a variance requiring a HACCP
plan are inspected differently. HACCP critical limits must be routinely
monitored and recorded by the establishment and elements of the plan must
be verified by the inspector.
(b) Copies of the HACCP plan are useful during these
inspections. Additional time may be necessary to fully assess the
establishment's compliance with the HACCP plan. Verifying the maintenance
of the required records is an important element of the HACCP inspection.
Notation in the records of process deviations that occurred and corrective
actions taken in response to those deviations should not be cited as
(5) Complaint Inspection
(a) Consumer complaints received by the PMA about a food
establishment requires investigation. Quick response is required for
complaints related to foodborne illnesses. Speed is essential to preserve
memories, food and environmental samples.
(b) HACCP principles can be used to supplement traditional
procedures for investigation of foodborne illness.
It helps focus the investigation on foods which have been epidemiologically
linked with illness.
(c) Other foods should not be completely dismissed because as
more becomes known about the causes of foodborne illness, foods which may
not have been historically linked to illnesses are being implicated.
(d) The charting of food product flows and the designation of
critical control points can help delineate potential problems. If a hazard
seems evident, the suspect product or process can be recreated with the
cooperation of the establishment and the critical limits monitored.
(e) Consumer complaints about food establishments should be
evaluated in terms of public health significance before scheduling
inspections. For example, allegations about an establishment purchasing
shellfish from an illegal source should receive a higher priority than
unsanitary public restrooms.