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Posted 22 April 2019 - 07:01 PM

My company is a 3PL that primarily stores frozen/refrigerated goods...both finished goods and raw ingredients. We also have a couple of pharmaceutical customers. We are looking to go SQF within the next year. My question is, is there anything in the SQF scheme that would prohibit or hinder certification due to storing pharmaceutical product? Some of the product is raw ingredient to make other pharmaceutical goods for the farming industry and is labeled hazardous by the EPA if spilled. I'm just looking for some direction on how it might need to be segregated and stored in regards to SQF Edition 8, if the program even allows it at all.

 

 



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Posted 22 April 2019 - 07:16 PM

You will need to segregate it either to a entire different section of the building or in another building - then you ask for an exclusion for the audit so that area is not subject to being in the certification.  However, the area is still subject to inspection to ensure that nothing else that would be included in the cert is stored there, etc.  Then you document how spills are handled and document the potential for cross-contamination.    We have one current and 2 other 3PL clients and that is pretty much how that works.


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Posted 22 April 2019 - 07:30 PM

I would also add all the components and finished goods to your chemical control program and register.


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Posted 22 April 2019 - 07:47 PM

The items are segregated in their own racking right now, one customer of which requires the aisle to be gated off and netting on the back sides of the racking to prevent entry. Would this still not suffice an audit as the product is segregated?



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Posted 22 April 2019 - 07:56 PM

nope, completely different area or outer building - no comingling.


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Posted 22 April 2019 - 10:50 PM

I thought about this and it is possible, but it would need to be slotted in its own area - hard to tell without visual.  


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