The world's first
HACCP-Certified FUGU Factory
What is HACCP?
HACCP is a quality management system developed by NASA for food manufacturing processes. It is comprised of HA (Hazard Analysis) and CCP (Critical Control Point). From the arrival of raw materials until final production, this process management method screens and records each stage of the production process. After predicting potential hazards such as contamination from microorganisms and metals, the system focuses on the most important processes that lead to hazard prevention.
This effectively prevents against the shipping of unsafe products as compared to conventional quality management methods using final product sampling inspections. HACCP is increasingly being adopted by factories worldwide.
Pufferfish (fugu) Poison and HACCP
As is widely known, pufferfish (fugu) carry poison. Named “tetrodotoxin,” this poison has caused the deaths of many Japanese in the past. As a result, Japanese regulations on fugu today contain very elaborate and strict provisions. At Fukutarou Honbu, we rigidly observe these regulations, source fugu that are not simply cheap but also easy to trace back to their origin and undertake additional daily factory inspections.
After 10 years of hard work, in September of 2007 we became the first company in the Japanese fugu industry to receive HACCP certification. Today, we continue to record and carefully monitor our daily factory operations and consistently pass the HACCP renewal inspections that take place every 6 months. Through these efforts, we at Fukutarou Honbu are confident we provide the safest fugu in the world.