This is the first time that i am going to handle an unannounced SQF audit, and would appreciate your help with the few questions I have.
Our company has 2 manufacturing sites in different provinces.1 in Alberta and the other in Ontario. Our Head Office is in the same building with the manufacturing facility in Alberta. Each facility has an SQF practitioner and a Senior Site Manager. I am the corporate Food Safety Manager.
1. Does the SQF practitioner's back up must be from the same site? Can I be the back up for the Ontario facility, if I am located in Alberta?
2. During the previous SQF audits the Corporate senior management team , including me, were present. In the case of the unannounced audit , it will be almost impossible to do so. Would that be an issue for the auditor?
3. There are few corporate programs that are part of the SQF requirements, that are managed by me. The SQF Practitioners are familiar with these programs , but I was the one who developed them If I won't be present during the audit, and the auditor will have question, will it be ok to do it over the phone? Or they will expect the SQF Practitioner to handle everything by themselves?
Thank you in advance for your help!