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SQF 2.3.4.2 - Supplier Approval Summary of Food Safety Controls

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Posted 12 April 2021 - 04:52 PM

Hi, I was reviewing supplier approval- 2.3.4.2. The approved supplier program shall be based on the past performance of a supplier and the risk level of the raw materials, ingredients, processing aids, packaging, and services supplied, and shall contain at a minimum:

I. Agreed specifications (refer to 2.3.2); ii. Reference to the level of risk applied to raw materials, ingredients, packaging, and services from the approved supplier; iii. A summary of the food safety controls implemented by the approved supplier; iv. Methods for granting approved supplier status; v. Methods and frequency of monitoring approved suppliers; vi. Details of the certificates of conformance, if required; and vii. Methods and frequency of reviewing approved supplier performance and status.
 
Could someone please explain what 
iii. A summary of the food safety controls implemented by the approved supplier;
Does this mean what the procedure is for approving a supplier. ex. what documents are needed etc to approve a supplier. (GFSI, allergen etc). Thank you. 


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Posted 12 April 2021 - 05:38 PM

some companies actually have a summary of their major programs - it may include...

 

GMP's for employees, HACCP plan or declaration, recall, allergen, sanitation procedures, etc.

 

SQF had a requiremnt that facilities put one of these together, it was a bit redundant quite frankly, but that was not the first time.


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Posted 12 April 2021 - 05:44 PM

These are the controls your supplier has in place to prevent/control for biological, chemical, and physical hazards.  This is why HACCP plans are typically requested during the supplier approval process.

 

My company has a written HACCP summary that we give out upon request, we don't give out our Hazard Analysis.  Almost all of our suppliers have a standard document they give out that describes the steps they take to prevent/control hazards.

 

These types of summary documents cover the major food safety programs described by Glenn.  These summary documents also typically cover the questions that are in Supplier Approval Questionnaires.



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Posted 12 April 2021 - 06:08 PM

Thank you both. 

 

I have seen these summary's- just never knew what they were called. 

 

Normally I just request the entire HACCP Plan. Some companies provide the summary others provide the entire HACCP



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