Hi Ryan, Sorry for the delay. I just finished my SQF audit.
Yup, we only produce nuts and rice snacks and no any meat in our facility. Thank you again for pointing it out. You're the best!
Just for my curiosiry, besides meats category, what else that USDA need to be involve or come for the inspection.
For my understanding is that they need to come to issue the certificates whenever we import or export agricultural products. eg. rice that the phytosanitary needs to be issued by USDA inspector. ( We do not import or export any of those).
Welcome, one point to clarify though that I should have asked, but are any of the other ingredients require oversight by USDA? Specifically, any meat ingredients, or is this a meat snack? If it is, then yes the USDA is involved and must approve the label before you use.
The only other caveat is a dairy / milk based item which is FDA oversight, and the label and product must be approved by the state and local inspector before use.
I didn't want to assume that either of these did not apply.