A variance means a written document issued by Island County that authorizes a modification or waiver of one or more requirements of food code if, in the opinion of Island County, a health hazard or nuisance will not result from the modification or waiver.
Certain specialized processing methods may require an approved variance and/or a Hazard Analysis Critical Control (HACCP) Plan approved in advance by Island County. Certain operations may require an operational plan that is approved in advance by Island County.
HACCP Plan means a written document that identifies where hazards might occur in the food production process and puts into place stringent actions to prevent hazards from occurring. It details a complete food safety management system following HACCP principles in combination with prerequisite programs. The end objective of an effective HACCP plan is to make the product as safe as possible using a common-sense application of scientific principles to control hazards.
Operational Plan means a written document that outlines a specific process. It may require supporting documents including, but not limited to, scientific challenge studies, validation studies from certified laboratories or processing authorities, monitoring logs, standard operating procedures, equipment specifications, and labeling.