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Adding Value to an Internal Audit System

Internal auditing is included in Food Safety Management Requirements of the GFSI Guidance Document Sixth Edition Version 6.4 and as such is a compu...

The Solution to a Combined HACCP & HARPC System!

On first glance HACCP and HARPC may look similar. But be warned, no matter what you may have been told, they are not!  There are key differenc...

The Major Contaminants in Compressed Air

The quality of compressed air used in the food industry has come under the microscope recently. As the awareness grows of the critical nature that...

Behavioral Based Food Safety – An Alternative Training Methodology

Organizations spend a fortune on employee training. Organizations spent an additional fortune on quality failure: customer complaints, loss of bus...

BRC Packaging Standard Issue 5 Gap Analysis

Issue 5 of the BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials was published July 2015 with the new set of requirements coming into force...

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    SQF Internal Audits
    Heidi_SQF - Today, 06:58 PM

    We are trying to achieve SQF certification.  Do you know if we will be required to conduct an entire system audit prior to our initial desk audit?  Or will the Internal Audit schedule, pr... more

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    Sanitation- related controls
    CDV - Today, 06:51 PM

    Hello,   Recently one of our customers posed this question as to how can you validate the sanitation related controls like How long can a processing line run between cleaning?   Any help... more

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    Backflow prevention on cleaning water lines
    ganderson64 - Today, 04:06 PM

    Just received a suprise inspection from state / FDA inspectors. One of the minor findings was the lack of backflow prevention for the water lines used for hoses / cleaning. Anyone else seen this? W... more

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    Do I change a documents revisions status if i only change its name?
    k1tacas - Today, 11:51 AM

    Currently reviewing the manual. Some of our appendix documents are registers and some of our procedures are written as work instructions. The only thing i need to do with the appendix documents whi... more

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    What is cross species audit addendum?
    Mohamed Gamal - Today, 11:31 AM

    Hi mates, good day.   our customer is asking us for (Cross species audit addendum) as part of approval process.   what is (Cross species audit addendum)?   Thanks in advance more

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    How often do you conduct an assessment of the food defense plan?
    Kellio - Today, 08:58 PM

    Ours is Annually but if you have a high risk areas quarterly or monthly. Your risk assessment should give you a good idea to determine frequency.   I hope this helps more

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    Finished Product Register
    Kellio - Today, 08:54 PM

    We have a list of all finished goods by item number, description, and pack size. Make sure you have Allergens listed separate or identify them as allergen your finish goods list.   ... more

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    Sanitation- related controls
    CDV - Today, 08:49 PM

    Thank you for the response.    I am considering Prunes and walnuts as the product. Prunes are re hydrated, pitted and packed while walnuts are cracked, sized and packed  more

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    SQF Internal Audits
    Kellio - Today, 08:37 PM

    No but it will be a Good Idea to have a list of what you have so during the desk audit the consultant can review and tell you what is missing or what to add.  For the SQF certification Audit t... more

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    Do I change a documents revisions status if i only change its name?
    johntstuart - Today, 08:04 PM

    Any change, even a small one, needs to change the document's number.   more

Latest Articles

  • Adding Value to an Internal Audit System
    by Tony-C - 07 June 2016 - 06:13 AM

    Internal Auditing Let’s start with an Audit Definition from ISO 19011:* A systematic, independent and documented process for obtaining audit evidence and evaluating it objectively to dete... more

  • The Solution to a Combined HACCP & HARPC System!
    by Simon - 02 June 2016 - 07:50 PM

    Understanding the Differences There are some fundamental differences between HACCP principles and the HARPC requirements, a couple of the most controversial may be that the Preventive Control... more

  • The Major Contaminants in Compressed Air
    by Simon - 17 March 2016 - 03:22 PM

    The 7.2nd edition of the SQF Code states:“Compressed air used in the manufacturing process shall be clean and present no risk to food safety.”“Compressed air used in the manufacturing process shall... more

  • Behavioral Based Food Safety – An Alternative Training Methodology
    by Simon - 20 September 2015 - 01:21 PM

    The theoretical backgroundWe assume that if everyone were to do exactly what they were supposed to do, we would achieve the results we expect to achieve. Obviously, this assumption is not always tr... more

  • BRC Packaging Standard Issue 5 Gap Analysis
    by Simon - 02 September 2015 - 08:01 PM

    What is the BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials?The BRC Global Standard for Packaging was originally published in 2001 to protect consumers and provide a common auditing and c... more

Latest News

  • Product Withdrawal & Recall Survey
    by Simon - 08 July 2015 - 10:32 AM

    Link to the Full Survey ResultsMain Findings:Over half of the 70 respondents had experienced at least one product withdrawal or product recall within their businessOver 1/3 of these withdrawals or... more

  • ACET Global Consulting to Provide IFS Academy Training
    by Simon - 27 June 2015 - 06:13 PM

    ACET Global Consulting will deliver IFS Academy implementation training programs including IFS Food, IFS Logistics, IFS PACsecure, and many more. With approved trainers, as well as certified audito... more

  • The International Food Safety & Quality Network Annual Conference
    by Simon - 27 June 2015 - 02:10 PM

    Food Safety Live 2015The International Food Safety & Quality Network Annual ConferenceThis year's Food Safety Live online conference consists of a series of four interactive live debates with a... more

  • New System Redefines Performance for GC-MS Applications
    by Simon - 01 June 2015 - 07:15 PM

    The new Thermo Scientific Q Exactive GC hybrid quadrupole-Orbitrap GC-MS/MS instrument represents the first-ever commercial system offering a combination of gas chromatography and HRAM Orbitrap mas... more

  • The next revision of ISO 22000 is due 2017
    by Simon - 05 May 2015 - 08:29 PM

    The need for change was highlighted by a 2014 consultation among users of the standard which identified some gaps, confusion and repetition that required some clarification and improvement. The con... more

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    Using Trend Analysis to Reduce Complaint levels Tony-C's Blog

    Tony-C - Oct 09 2014 05:51 AM

    I’d like to start off my latest blog by quoting an interesting section in SQF Guidance regarding complaints: ‘Customer complaints provide an important measure of how well the SQF System is performing. By accurately recording customer complaint types, a supplier can objectively measure changes in their management system and show improvements in a process. Customer complaints may also show t... more

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