The first step in achieving a safe food product is developing a HACCP plan. A HACCP plan defines how each part of the process will be monitored to ensure that standards are met at each critical control point. By clearly defining these steps and who will carry them out, it is more efficient for production and ensures that the appropriate checks are completed. HACCP training is an important part of developing a HACCP plan. Studies show that employees who receive HACCP training on food safety tend to follow through with the process, resulting in safer products. This has been shown to be even more effective when paired with regular audits. HACCP training is important as HACCP plans and HACCP audits require that employees and management fully understand HACCP regulations.