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#1 Pizza&Sandwich

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Posted 23 January 2015 - 09:48 PM

Next week is our SQF level 2 renewal audit. As I've been preparing for the last few months, my colleagues have been for the last week...

The initial SQF audit landed completely, squarely on me. This year I was told that those supervising production and warehouse would need to be involved.

The day after the 2 day audit we have a huge potential customer coming for a tour.

And 2 days of inventory.

Then a week off.

Then our USDA FSA audit...

If I have hair by the end of February it will be amazing!



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Posted 24 January 2015 - 02:32 AM

Good luck! If management recognized the need to have more people involved in the audit, that is a good sign that things should go smoothly.  When others are held accountable, their attitudes toward success change rapidly.  As for the FSA... I do not envy you! I went through one where they found an issue and the EEIO came back every month for 6 months.



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Posted 24 January 2015 - 01:16 PM

The nice thing is you will be well prepared for both the customer tour and the FSA.



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Posted 25 January 2015 - 01:58 PM

Your preparation should have you well prepared so focus on that!  I feel your pain with my initial SQF Level 2 audit for my company coming up this week!  It's not my first initial SQF Level 2 audit, but first one with my current company!  I've been through the wringer lately with FDA audit, State Dept. of Ag audit, Fast Food company audit and Department of the Army audit.... but that should have me only more ready for this week.... right?!?!

 

I do have to vent that I thought the theory behind GFSI/SQF was that it would lead to fewer audits overall and customers would accept it as validation of food safety.... but I don't necessarily find that to be the case.  Everyone/every customer still wants their own audits!



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Posted 25 January 2015 - 06:19 PM

As night follows day you will get through this difficult period and you will come out the other side all the stronger for it.

 

The power of the IFSQN is with you. :smile:


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Posted 26 January 2015 - 08:34 PM

Your preparation should have you well prepared so focus on that!  I feel your pain with my initial SQF Level 2 audit for my company coming up this week!  It's not my first initial SQF Level 2 audit, but first one with my current company!  I've been through the wringer lately with FDA audit, State Dept. of Ag audit, Fast Food company audit and Department of the Army audit.... but that should have me only more ready for this week.... right?!?!

 

I do have to vent that I thought the theory behind GFSI/SQF was that it would lead to fewer audits overall and customers would accept it as validation of food safety.... but I don't necessarily find that to be the case.  Everyone/every customer still wants their own audits!

Hi FoodChick,

Please see October's poll http://www.ifsqn.com...-safety-audits/ as of today 62.71% have not seen a reduction.

 

Pizza&Sandwich Hang In There!!! Every audit does make you stronger!!! You'll correct things before your next audit!!! You Can Do It!!!



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Posted 26 January 2015 - 09:22 PM

In the words of my colleagues and Nietzsche, "That which does kill you makes you stronger"....in the words of Snookie, " I am strong enough!" 

 

 Having others with you can be helpful. 

 

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Posted 26 January 2015 - 09:27 PM

In the words of Kelly Clarkson:

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, stronger
Just me, myself and I,
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller



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Posted 28 January 2015 - 07:42 PM

I'm happy to report that we passed with a score of 98. The two minors were stretching it in my mind...but I saw some other things during the floor inspection that would've been minors...



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Posted 28 January 2015 - 07:54 PM

I'm happy to report that we passed with a score of 98. The two minors were stretching it in my mind...but I saw some other things during the floor inspection that would've been minors...

:thumbup: Congratulations...by the way we always see more than the auditor because who knows our process better than us?

 

I guess our words of encouragement worked.



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Posted 28 January 2015 - 08:11 PM

Congratulations!! :yay:  :thumbup:  :clap:


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Posted 28 January 2015 - 08:14 PM

Sometimes I used to point out the odd NC to an auditor to give a little more power to my elbow...that is if we were well on target for an A.

 

Well done Pizza & Sandwich. :clap:


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Posted 28 January 2015 - 09:59 PM

I had an auditor ask me once if there was anything I needed "help with".  Thought that was cool. 


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Posted 29 January 2015 - 04:25 AM

Congratulations. We are having our first SQF level 2 next week, same story. I've been prepping for months, meanwhile the rest of the team has been waiting until this week. So much for demonstrating management commitment. At least we have been successful at maintaining A rated BRC certifications for the last five years. Hope things go well. From what I've been hearing from our sister plants, our scheduled auditor seems to be a bit of a maverick. Like others have said, I sure feel like we will come out the other side stronger. Maybe I will be able to take a couple days of vacation this year:)






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