I'm a food packaging manufacturer going for my first SQF in April/May.
SQF 18.104.22.168 says that: "A food safety plan (HACCP Plan) and food quality plan shall be validated and verified for each new product and its associated process through conversion to commercial production and distribution, or where a change to ingredients, process, or packaging occurs that may impact food safety or quality."
We make rolls of printed flexible packaging material to package food. All of my products see the same basic process: Print/Laminate/Slit/Pack&ship, and use the same raw materials: inks/paper/plastic/foil. Because of this I was planning on only 1 HACCP (Food Safety) Plan.
That said, we have thousands of different product specifications. Each finished product will have a different graphic, different grades of materials, different physical properties, etc.
Is SQF expecting me to have a written HACCP Plan for each of the thousands of finished product specifications?
As SQF Practitioner, do I need to verify and validate and approve each these specifications? What about my raw material specifications? I've got thousands of those too.
I've got a group of packaging engineers who approve finished product specifications and raw material specifications. The are trained to only use Food Safe raw materials and can't contract out any processes.