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Posted 18 July 2019 - 04:49 PM

Hello!

 

We are a small produce processing company (primarily potatoes) and I am currently working on our Product Release Program.

(we peel, cut, slice, dice produce and ship to customers raw for further processing)

 

The guidance document states:

All products released for distribution must have records maintained.  These records should record the product name and identification, confirmation of product checks, and the product disposition (e.g., release, quarantine, hold). 

 

We have separate records for quarantine/hold items....but for product that is acceptable for shipping to customers, we do not have any records except for the bill of lading (which gets checked prior to loading) and shipping log that contains:

  • the carrier name/number
  • product trace code
  • carrier inspection
  • destination of shipment
  • product description
  • quantity
  • quality check/condition of finished product/labelling etc.

 

My question is what documentation is required for this section, would my bill of lading and shipping log count as documentation to put towards a Release Record? I did some research prior and some people use a Release Product Checklist... not sure what that will entail in terms of depth.

 

Any advice is much appreciated!

 

Thank you.

 

Jenna


Edited by jperri, 18 July 2019 - 04:57 PM.


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Posted 18 July 2019 - 05:02 PM

We got hit with this one on our first SQF audit. Our auditor was okay with us adding a "passed quality check? y/n" section to our shipping log. All of our product is hand-packed, and our employees having training regarding acceptable product quality/product specifications. Random finished product QA testing is done on a routine basis. If the product makes it to the shipping stage, it has passed our quality check.



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Posted 18 July 2019 - 05:04 PM

We got hit with this one on our first SQF audit. Our auditor was okay with us adding a "passed quality check? y/n" section to our shipping log. All of our product is hand-packed, and our employees having training regarding acceptable product quality/product specifications. Random finished product QA testing is done on a routine basis. If the product makes it to the shipping stage, it has passed our quality check.

 

Thank you so much for responding.

 

I am glad to hear the shipping log (with quality check) was acceptable!



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Posted 18 July 2019 - 05:42 PM

Just be sure to back up the statement "Quality Check" with a documented Quality Check -- I've seen way too many folks get tripped up with not having the actual back up.


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Posted 18 July 2019 - 05:47 PM

Just be sure to back up the statement "Quality Check" with a documented Quality Check -- I've seen way too many folks get tripped up with not having the actual back up.

 

We have an employee that double checks the products right before loading. He follows a list that contains all finished products (items, quantity, product description) that are ready to be shipped. He physically checks off each point and hands this into the Main Office, would this suffice?






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