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#1 idealdreams

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Posted 25 May 2016 - 01:26 PM

I began working towards SQF level 2 last year and am beginning my annual documentation review. The document I had written for our "Food Safety Manual" as required by SQF 2.1.3 Food Safety Management System last year is definitely not sufficient with what is required by SQF.

 

I know it's up to each company to produce their own manual in terms of format and content, but how detailed does this manual need to be? What exactly does it need to include? A quality manual is not necessary for us as we are not going for SQF level 3 certification.

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated!



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Posted 25 May 2016 - 02:55 PM

Hello,

 

Our Facility is SQF Certified and here are some examples in how I put together a Food Safety Manual. I strongly suggest you use ISO 22000 or ISO 9001 guidance due to the fact SQF guidance is never being best when it comes to Document Requirements guidance.. By all means this is not perfect but I do well during Audit time.  In fact, I use ISO standards to pass SQF.

 

Note: Personally, if you are Certifying for SQF Level 3 I would  have the Quality Manual Separate from the Food Safety Manual.

 

I hope this helps in how to organize your documents for the manual.



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Posted 25 May 2016 - 03:43 PM

I fixed example 2.


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Posted 25 May 2016 - 03:59 PM

Hello,

 

Our Facility is SQF Certified and here are some examples in how I put together a Food Safety Manual. I strongly suggest you use ISO 22000 or ISO 9001 guidance due to the fact SQF guidance is never being best when it comes to Document Requirements guidance.. By all means this is not perfect but I do well during Audit time.  In fact, I use ISO standards to pass SQF.

 

Note: Personally, if you are Certifying for SQF Level 3 I would  have the Quality Manual Separate from the Food Safety Manual.

 

I hope this helps in how to organize your documents for the manual.

Thanks so much, definitely helps a lot!



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Posted 25 May 2016 - 05:25 PM

Hello,

 

Our Facility is SQF Certified and here are some examples in how I put together a Food Safety Manual. I strongly suggest you use ISO 22000 or ISO 9001 guidance due to the fact SQF guidance is never being best when it comes to Document Requirements guidance.. By all means this is not perfect but I do well during Audit time.  In fact, I use ISO standards to pass SQF.

 

Note: Personally, if you are Certifying for SQF Level 3 I would  have the Quality Manual Separate from the Food Safety Manual.

 

I hope this helps in how to organize your documents for the manual.

 

Wow. That document system looks amazing.  :eek_yello:

 

Our plant has documents divided into function categories and they're all listed in a document register...no problems from auditors with it so far, and we're Level 3.

Maybe I should gather specific ones into Quality and Food Safety Manuals, though....you never know what an auditor may accept year-to-year. *sigh*

 

This was a great eye-opener, though.

 

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Posted 25 May 2016 - 05:35 PM

Thank you Simon!!! :shades:  :happydance:  :spoton:



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Posted 25 May 2016 - 05:42 PM

Wow. That document system looks amazing.  :eek_yello:

 

Our plant has documents divided into function categories and they're all listed in a document register...no problems from auditors with it so far, and we're Level 3.

Maybe I should gather specific ones into Quality and Food Safety Manuals, though....you never know what an auditor may accept year-to-year. *sigh*

 

This was a great eye-opener, though.

 

-Christina

 

Thank you Christina.  I really appreciate the Compliment.






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