My boss, who has a rudimentary understanding of FSMA, asked me yesterday if there is anyone out there doing 3rd party audits for FSMA. I didn't understand what he was getting at, as the only 3rd-party auditing I knew of was for foreign suppliers, so I asked him what he was looking for. He thought that, if we had a 3rd-party audit, it would demonstrate to our customers that we are FSMA compliant, and that he could then tell them that we are 3rd-party audited, too. He thinks it will impress customers and give us an advantage over competitors.
I told him I'd check around and see if this is even a possibility...I mean, I'm sure we could find a consultant who is a FSMA expert who could come in and do an audit, but is it worth the money and time? My inclination is no...just curious what all of you think? For the record, we are not 3rd-party audited against any standard right now, but may be seeking SQF certification in the future.