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#1 Xoinks

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Posted 18 May 2018 - 09:41 PM

We are working on building our SQF program - and we rent a portion of a warehouse about 40 minutes away.

 

We have one person staffing our rented portion of the facility, where he is responsible for receiving some raw materials (low risk items) and handling a majority of our shipments.  The raw materials and finished goods are shuttled back and forth between our manufacturing facility by our DSD driver in a company vehicle - but when we receive the items in, our warehouse manager on site here at our manufacturing facility receives them in and does an inspection - checks for locks, etc.  We also have a document the DSD driver completes recording temperatures, settings, etc to show control of the product while in transport.  

 

Do we need to include the off-site warehouse under our scope to get SQF certification of our manufacturing facility?  Will the auditor need to make a trip there?  No manufacturing takes place there.  The owner of the facility does have a third party audit for the building.  

 

Thanks in advance for insight!  



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Posted 18 May 2018 - 11:20 PM

My company has two location, one is about a two hour drive. We store raw ingredients as well as finished product (both RAW/low risk). We do not include this area in our scope of certification. But we treat it as a supplier, in our approved supplier policy.



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Posted 21 May 2018 - 07:32 PM

Hi, I have distribution warehouses for an HOD bottled water business and we have no problem leaving them out of the scope of certification. Like Sarah said, treat them as a supplier in your program and demonstrate that you hold it to your supplier standard.


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Posted 22 May 2018 - 06:29 PM

Thanks everyone!  That was tentatively our plan, so we'll move forward with them as an approved Supplier.  Appreciate the insights! 



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Posted 24 May 2018 - 12:46 PM

We use an off-site freezer that we rent and we have an employee there to ship orders. Our freezer employee picks up fresh product daily in a company truck and takes it to the freezer to be inventoried. The off-site freezer is not in the scope of our audit and our auditor was fine with the Risk Assessment I performed to ensure product quality and safety while not at our SQF certified production facility.







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