The main goal of this paper is addressed to evaluate the HACCP system implementation in small food industries of Madrid's autonomous community. Important practical barriers about HACCP development have been identified. There were investigated the manufacturing food industries of animal origin during 5 years, between 1999 and 2003. The research analyzed areas concerning business demand, legal requirements and quality management systems, food industry size, human resources, technical support and assessors, prerequisites, time scale and HACCP implementation official assessment. Conclusions have met the beginning of HACCP system implementation by food industries following the application of a strategic plan and public health program, as well as several difficulties in small food industries with regard to HACCP system applying, and the fundamental influence of prerequisites implementation and management commitment on effective HACCP system. To overcome such barriers, it is proposed a strategy, which includes all different stakeholders. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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