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#1 Scampi

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 05:19 PM

Hi there

I'm shopping for a new CB for our SQF facility...........any recommendations or steer clear of, please pass along. Located in Ontario Canada, but Detroit Michigan is about as close as Toronto


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Posted 14 May 2018 - 09:10 PM

I like - 

 

CICS Americas Inc.

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2 Innerwoods Pl.
The Woodlands, TX 77382
United States
Main Phone: (281) 292-8606
Fax: (281) 476-6613
Website: http://www.cics-americas.com/

Contact

Henriette Camargo, Sales & Marketing Manager


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Warm regards,

 

Glenn Oster

 

SQF Registered Consultant - Certified for 29 FSC's

Serving clients in: USA, Costa Rica, Panama & Caribbean Islands

International Toll-Free: 800-546-1452

 

http://www.linkedin.com/in/getgoc

 

www.GlennOsterConsulting.com


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 06:58 PM

I just completed a surveillance audit with Merieux NutriSciences and am now shopping around as well.  I had an unannounced annual certification audit last year.  Our 2016 score was a 97, our 2017 score was a 73.  It was a huge, unexpected blow.

 

After this surveillance audit, I really want to find a new certifying body.  We manufacture colorants and I've never experienced an audit as unreasonable as these last two audits have been.


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 07:18 PM

So it looks like we are going with Dicentra..........the references I have spoken with have been glowing...they do have offices in the USA as well.

 

It's funny to me that I can find a review for my doctor........but when searching for a CB,zippo

 

I had another flat out refuse to forward me contact info to clients by way of reference........what are you hiding then? Claimed is was a breech of confidentiality

 

NSF knows that they are priced high, but were shocked when I told them 20% higher than the industry standard.

 

Gross, the whole thing is making me ill...................we are all getting robbed and do not have any recourse


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Posted 22 May 2018 - 05:10 PM

We use SAI Global (under the SQF scheme).  First and second audits were 96% (Excellent) and we are waiting for our "unannounced" third audit, which may not be quite so successful. 

 

We find the auditor to be very thorough but fair and helpful at resolving issues.  This may change when we are assigned a new auditor for the next audit since I believe they have to change after 3 consecutive visits....we'll see!

 

Audits are never pleasant experiences but the cost of doing business in todays global market :cool:


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Posted 22 May 2018 - 05:20 PM

You lucky duck----same auditor 3 years running!!!!

 

 

The quote I received from SAI was actually surprising low cost (relatively speaking) I have dealt with that company in the past but under FSSC

 

I do not have any objections to firm but fair, that's how they all should be auditing


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Posted 22 May 2018 - 06:20 PM

My only experiences have been with SAI Global.

3 GMP audits and one SQF audit.

I agree with LindaALaw.

I have had 5 different auditors and found them all to be thorough but fair and helpful with resolving issues.

We failed our first GMP and rightly so ;)


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Posted 23 May 2018 - 12:38 AM

My only experiences have been with SAI Global.

3 GMP audits and one SQF audit.

I agree with LindaALaw.

I have had 5 different auditors and found them all to be thorough but fair and helpful with resolving issues.

We failed our first GMP and rightly so ;)

 

Hi scoot,

 

Just to note that the auditors are being paid by the auditees.

 

So IMO one should definitely be  unhappy if they are not fair or helpful.


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