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HARPC vs. PCHF? What's the difference?

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act is a set of rulings that that seek to strengthen the food safety system. FSMA is comprised of 7 rules:

  • Accredited Third-Party Certification Rule
  • Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals Rule
  • Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration Rule
  • Preventive Controls for Food for Animals Rule
  • Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule
  • Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food Rule
  • Standards for Produce Safety Rule

The Preventive Controls For Human Food (PCHF)  is one component of the legislation, and can be found in 21 CFR 117, “Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk Based Preventive Controls for Human Food” (HARPC). The ruling outlines updated and revised requirements for current good manufacturing practice for human food (CGMPs), for hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls for human food (PCHF), and related requirements. For consistency across the industry, ACS shall be using PCHF in place of HARPC on this website as it is the preferred term.

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How to Use Safe Cheesemaking Hub

Welcome to the

Safe Cheesemaking Hub

Welcome to the Safe Cheesemaking Hub! This is a compendium of food safety resources selected and organized to help cheesemakers easily find the information they need. 

Learn More About: The Food Safety Modernization Act

More Cheesemaking Resources

ACS Best Practices Guide for Cheesemakers

Deep Dive: Instructional Videos

This video from the Cornell University Food Science Department, Cornell Small Farms Program, and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets demonstrates cleaning and sanitizing procedures. 

More Instructional Videos:

The Microbiology of Cheese