I work at a public frozen storage warehousing company and we are coming up on our third SQF audit in a few weeks. Applying the Code to a public warehouse, where we do not own any of the product we handle, has been tricky at times, so I hope that by sharing some of what we have done to respond to these particular Code elements will be helpful.
First off, I have to address the issue of taking air temperatures. This is the first that I have ever heard of this. I don't see how that interpretation can be extracted from the Code, so I would not have a hard time defending our choice to leave that step out.
To address your other questions about implementing procedures for complying with shipping and receiving requirements, I have gone through our Shipping Program SOP and Receiving Program SOP documents and selected some excerpts that directly relate to 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124 .
The document we use to record the required information for 126.96.36.199 (shipping), is referred to as a Load Summary sheet and due to differing requirements based on the type of shipment it is, we have FOUR different versions of it. It's not ideal, but we haven't had any related problems so far. We have the following 3 versions, plus 1 version that is computer-generated:
The documents we use to record the required information for 188.8.131.52 (receiving), are our Extended Cover Sheet and Receiving Report. Before opening the doors of a shipping container (or railcar, trailer, etc.), the reefer set point and running temperatures are checked and recorded on the Extended Cover Sheet. After opening the doors, a minimum of 3 product temperatures (more if there is reason to believe there may be a problem) get recorded on the Receiving Report. As soon as product hits the loading dock, we take the first temperature reading. About halfway through, the second reading. The third reading comes from the last of the product to be unloaded.
I agree with you that it doesn't make sense to do a 3 point check of product temperatures when your are only dealing with a few pallets of product. I address this by giving "common sense guidelines" in our SOPs: one temperature for one pallet; two temperatures for a few pallets; two temperatures for a ¼-½ load; two temperatures for a ½-¾ load; and three temperatures for a ¾-full load.
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