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#1 Jvalentin

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 06:07 PM

HI All, 

I was wondering if anyone can answer this question for me.

We are a Japanese Tea company in North America with our parent company in Japan.  We deal with suppliers out here and in Japan.  When we deal with our Japanese suppliers and request documents verifying food safety of products received they come in Japanese with no translation to English on their behalf. We have tried to ask them to translate with no luck. My question is, we are able to translate to English however how would a Auditor view a document translated by us.  Would it still be valid or does it have to get professionally translated?  

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 06:13 PM

Are you GFSI? If so, what scheme? In some cases I've seen companies request from their CB an auditor that can understand that language (SQF). 


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Posted 10 April 2019 - 06:16 PM

Now I work at a company that speaks mainly Spanish. I am not a Spanish speaker. And every document I make, I translate it from English to Spanish or vice versa. My predecessor did the same thing. And the auditor was fine with it. (SQF)


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Posted 10 April 2019 - 06:17 PM

HI Food Scientist, 
We are SQF Certified Level II.  I would say 98% of all of our documents are in English.  Our scheduled audit is in 2 weeks, so it may bit a bit late to request one that understands the language.  But hopefully next audit we can do so.



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Posted 10 April 2019 - 06:21 PM

The documents do not have to be professionally translated.


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