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What Should I Do When I Realize a Deviation has Occurred?

First, hold all affected product and, if possible, make sure that it does not enter commerce.  If the affected product is in commerce, you may have to recall it.  Remember that the “affected product” is all products in the same HACCP plan category since the last time monitoring indicated that the critical limits at the CCP for that plan were met.

Next, evaluate the safety of the affected product.  Gather as much information as you can about product. For most deviations, it is very helpful to know the amount of product involved and its time/temperature history.  It may also be useful to have the product formulation handy, because the amount of salt and/or sodium nitrite in the product may affect safety.