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#1 CLN


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Posted 27 January 2018 - 02:24 PM

I had recently received a minor for 2.5.5 Internal Audits and Inspection for the first time in 5 years, and very year since we had implemented SQF system we stated in our annual Management Procedural Review we had reviewed the system and had printer gap analysis  .  I am not sure how to communicate this question so I will do my best. "Is this element 2.5.5 requesting that we undertake another annual audit on top of the audits that we normally do with their form "SQF Analysis?"  or can this Gap Analysis monitoring replace our other audits that we perform?


I probably have more questions depending on the response to my questions above.. 




2.5.5   Internal Audits and Inspections (Mandatory) Internal Audits and Inspections (Mandatory) The methods and responsibility for scheduling and conducting internal audits to verify the effectiveness of the SQF System shall be its documented and implemented.  Internal audits shall be conducted at least annually. The methods applied shall ensure:
i. All applicable requirements of the SQF Food Safety Code for Storage and Distribution are audited as per the SQF audit checklist or similar tool;
ii. Correction and corrective action of deficiencies identified during the internal audits are undertaken;
iii. Audit results are communicated to relevant management personnel and staff responsible for implementing and verifying corrective actions; and






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Posted 28 January 2018 - 01:43 AM

Your annual management review and internal audits are really two different things and most companies run rolling internal audits on a variety of of items during the year, it is funny that it is only called for once per year isn't it.


There is the internal audit where you basically audit your own SQF system, but then there are internal audits and inspections throughout the year at most companies - such as:







Brittle plastics


Etc Etc.

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Posted 28 January 2018 - 02:15 PM

Thanks for your input on this matter. Since we have been doing our Internal Audits for several years now and doing really good job, there's is no need to overhaul our auditing plans and than retrain everyone on this again.


We will add a master schedule of SQF system gap analysis elements spread-out over the 12 month to address this issue instead at the end of the year. I have to "assume" due to the observations during the SQF auditor felt we needed to address non-conformances sooner than later in the year. 


Again thanks.


David C




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