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#1 imperfect

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Posted 23 July 2019 - 01:21 PM

Looking for a template I can use to satisfy a corrective action on our organic certification audit

 

thanks



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Posted 23 July 2019 - 01:25 PM

What's the non-conformance?

 

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Posted 23 July 2019 - 01:27 PM

You don't already have a CA report form? I would assume you could use that.


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Posted 23 July 2019 - 01:27 PM

there was not a formal one on our review, auditor suggested it from vendor approval to final pack out



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Posted 23 July 2019 - 04:06 PM

Here's an SOP you can use as a guideline.  Hope this helps:)



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Posted 23 July 2019 - 04:17 PM

@sherinek_SFF, i did not see an attachment? 



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Posted 23 July 2019 - 04:31 PM

Sorry.  Think the attachment did not work:(

 

  1. SCOPE :

This SOP applies to purchasing, shipping, receiving, blending and packaging staff

  1. OBJECTIVE :

The purpose of this SOP is to establish a procedure that will prevent co-mingling of the organic material with conventional material.

  1. FREQUENCY :

Ongoing

  1. PROCEDURE :
  1. The second character of the item code of all organic products shall be # 1 (eg. A10001) and the second character of all the conventional products shall be # 2 (eg. A20001)
  2. Shipping Dept receives all shipments and allocates specific barcode label on each pack
  3. After QA releases the product, Shipping dept is to transfer the product (Organic/Non-Organic) to its location as indicated below and enter the product into the system as “received.”
  1. Organic Teas
  2. Conventional Teas
  3. Organic Herbs/Spices
  4. Conventional Herbs / Spices
  5. Organic Allergen Products
  6. Conventional Allergen Products
  7. Organic Aromatic Products
  8. Conventional Aromatic Products
  9. Organic / Natural Flavors
  10. N&A Flavors
  1. At the time of fulfilling an order, the Pickers are to pick organic products and conventional products separately; make kits and then palletize and shrink wrap the picked products for blending. These pallets shall be labeled accordingly and stored in the staging area for production.
  2. The Production Manager is to plan the daily production in order to do Organic Blends first
  3. When using Tumble blenders, only to use drums labeled as “Organic” for the organic blends. Used drums shall be cleaned with soap and rinsed with sanitizer at the end of the day.
  4. When using “V” blenders, use the “Sanitech Wet Steam pressure system” for cleaning between blends (refer SOP)
  5. All blends shall be labeled clearly with the “USDA ORGANIC” logo
  6. Blends that need potion packaging / ice tea packaging/ fuzo packaging shall be transferred to packaging area
  7. Packaging Manager to plan the daily packaging in order to do the Organic Blends first
  8. Packaging Supervisor to make sure to use the utensils labeled as “Organic” for the organic blends
  9. All utensils shall be cleaned with soap and sanitized at the end of the day
  1. RESPONSIBILITY :

Assistant Operations Manager, all warehouse staff, Production Manager, Production Supervisor, all production staff, Packaging Manager, Packaging Supervisor, all packaging staff, Purchasing Staff

  1. IMPORTANT
    1. Color codes
      1. Organic – Green
      2. Non Organic – Blue
      3. Organic Allergens – Red
      4. Non Organic Allergens – Grey
    2. V-Blenders and packaging machines shall be purged according to the next product in line
    3. All utensils marked as Organic to be stored on the “Organic Rack”
    4. Sequence of production/packaging shall be – Organic, Conventional, Organic Allergens, Conventional Allergens
    5. Organic utensils shall not be used during conventional production and vice versa.
    6. All Organic blends shall be clearly marked with “USDA Label” and stored accordingly
    7. 100% organic ingredients in 100% organic blends – at the time of product addition, QA department will make sure that the ingredients in a blend are 100% organic certified
    8. QA Department to crosscheck the supplier organic certificates with the IMVS annually and validate the ingredients with 100% organic claim.
    9. All blends go to Canada will have following claim on the label ; ​"Certified ​in compliance with the terms of the US-Canada Organic Equivalency Agreement"


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Posted 24 July 2019 - 01:18 AM

Hi sherinek,

 

Appreciate yr posting the Procedure.

 

Difficulty is that it may be relevant/irrelevant to the OP.

 

But thanks anyway.

 

@imperfect - Can you elaborate what post 4 actually means ?


Kind Regards,

 

Charles.C





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