thread moved to SQF Storage and Distribution
Clause is in Module 2 of above Code.
(The SQF Numbering System is not always intuitively obvious !)
From the Guidance -
2.3.1 Implementation Guidance
What does it mean?
Specifications for storage and distribution facilities would be centered on handling and storage criteria since the specifications for the manufacture of the product are the suppliers or customers responsibility.
What do I have to do?
The storage and distribution facility will need to work with supplier’s and customers to understand the various
handling, storage and temperature requirements for the various products they handle. Similar products can be
grouped together and have similar specifications applied to them or each can have its own. Regardless of how this
is completed the specifications must be specific enough to ensure that the integrity and food safety aspects important
to the product are maintained. Attention must be place on any customer specific criteria as it may differ from others
depending on brand protection or product types.
Specifications creation and control procedures shall ensure they are properly documented, controlled and available
to staff for use and referenced during normal operational activities.
2.3.1 Auditing Guidance
The auditor will review the specification creation and control procedure, formatting and scope of the
specifications during the initial desk audit to ensure all products being handled and distributed are included.
Subsequent site audits will seek evidence of the existence and use of specifications through observation,
interview and review of documents. Evidence may include:
• Review of the specification creation and control procedure;
• Review of listed specifications compared to products handled and distributed;
• Interviews with product receiving and handling employees;
• Verification of changes to specifications;
• Communication of changes to relevant staff and with customers.
(see Post 2 above)