Hazards and their management during longer-term grain storage

Find out about the key hazards to consider during longer-term grain storage. Discover how to prevent and monitor them – and the corrective actions required to bring the production process back under control.

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An introduction to HACCP

HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) is a risk-based approach that identifies, evaluates and controls hazards significant for food and feed safety. Follow these seven principles to meet marketplace demands and expectations for safe food and feed.

The seven principles of HACCP

Key hazards

Risk score

Management

Preventative measures

Monitoring procedure

Corrective action

Production of ochratoxin A

***

Critical control point

Store grain below 14.5% MC and 5°C, except malting barley, which should not be stored below 10°C

Check temperature and moisture content regularly

Investigate any significant changes; review practices and grain condition

Development of insect and mite populations

***

Critical control point

Store grain below 14.5% MC and 5°C, except malting barley, which should not be stored below 10°C; store oilseed at 7.5–8% MC and <5°C

Position traps and check traps correctly; check temperature and moisture content regularly

Investigate source of infestation and any significant changes in MC or temperature; review grain condition and practices; consider need for treatment

Introduction of pesticide residues

**

Use only approved products and conform to manufacturer’s guide for use; check condition and calibration of spray equipment

Check records of pesticide application

Review applications and practices

Introduction of bird and rodent faeces

*

Keep store clean and proof to prevent entry

Check for bird and rodent presence

Check proofing measures; consider control options

Introduction of glass

*

Glass control procedures

Check for compliance with procedures

Remove and replace or protect

HACCP risk rating: *** high risk, ** medium risk, * low risk

What is HACCP?


Rodent droppings on some grain
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