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Posted 20 January 2010 - 02:52 PM

Dear All:

I have a question with regards of Supplier audit, needs clarification. I want to carry out a supplier audit next month .So through auditing time I have to check the haccp manual if the company which i intend to conduct the auditing is a haccp certified.For this essential reason I am obligate to check and verify the haccp manual but what are the major things or points that have to be checked by me especially in the manual?


Edited by hygienic, 20 January 2010 - 03:01 PM.


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Posted 20 January 2010 - 10:57 PM

Dear hygienic,

One link of interest -


Rgds / Charles.C

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 09:32 PM


The link Charles has provided is useful.

The audit should determine whether the activities of the HACCP systems and the related results comply with planned arrangements and whether these arrangements are implemented effectively and are suitable to achieve food safety objectives.

You should have a checklist that contains points that should be considered during the audit. The contents would vary depending on the product, scope of supply, standard audited against. A simple checklist would include:


- Management commitment
- Scope of the HACCP plan
- Appropriate HACCP team established, with appropriate job functions
- Proper product description and intended use
- Factory floor layout
- Process flow chart
- Proper application of HACCP principles
- Proper identification of hazards (hazard analysis)
- Proper selection of critical control points (CCPs)
- Appropriate critical limits, monitoring procedures, corrective actions, as well as validation and verification activities
- Proper documentation and record keeping
- All regulatory requirements relating to health and safety have been addressed
- HACCP Internal Audit Reports
- Evidence of Management review
- Indication of effective pre-requisite programmes
- On-site observations.

Pre-requisite for HACCP

- Premises – location, design, construction and maintenance, lighting, ventilation, product flow, waste disposal, factory grounds, employee facilities
- Supplier control and specifications
- Water, steam and ice – supply, quality, records
- Receiving, storage, distribution - Food and non-food, finished product
- Production equipment - design and installation, maintenance, calibration, records
- Cleaning programme, equipment cleaning and sanitizing facilities, records.
- Personnel hygiene - cleanliness and conduct, communicable diseases and injuries
- Training - hygiene and sanitation, GMP, HACCP, technical
- Chemical control - procedures, storage, records
- Pest control - pest control programme and records
- Recalls - procedures and records
- Customer complaints

Most importantly the auditor should be technically competent in HACCP systems and auditing, and in a particular food processing technology, perhaps even food science and ideally with knowledge of the particular products and processes.

The value of any supplier audit will be reflected directly by the competence of the auditor.


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Posted 09 May 2015 - 01:25 PM


While supplier audit,the following are main points

  1. HACCP Manual
  2. HACCP plan with all CCP
  3. Commercial License or approval
  4. HACCP certification 
  5. Last HACCP audit report/regulatory bodies inspection reports
  6. Internal audit/Inspection
  7. Personal Hygiene
  8. General Cleanliness
  9. Pest control
  10. Training's
  11. CCP monitoring records
  12. Trace-ability or batch identification
  13. Lay out



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