My company is a small bakery manufacture in Southern California. We also produce meats for a prison program, but most of our business is bakery (cinn roll, danish, brownie, muffin) for retail.
A year ago I was asked by my company to take the SQF Practitioner coarse and HACCP coarse, then pretty much lead, develope, and implement SQF systems here at my facility. There was soo much resistance from plant manger and several employees I really just wanted to quit. I was so frustraited day in and day out. I was loosing sleep and stressed out on a day to day basis. But PERSEVERENCE is key in this world of SQF. My SQF team started with 7 employees. The maintenanc manager quit a month and a half before stage 2 audit. The QA supervisor quit a month before the stage two audit. I took over all SQF systems the QA supervisor was in charge of, and the Sanitation Manager began to oversee all Maintenance work and documentation. We passed the SQF audit with 5 SQF team members and of course all your help as well in regards to this wonderful Forum. We only had 12 minors. My suggestions to you who were just as stressed as me is "Dont Quit" " See it Through"
Good Luck to All.
Our certification body was SGS and they were a tremendous amount of help by the way.
Have a good one, and talk to you all soon.