We recently completed an unannounced SQF audit with a Costco addendum. During the audit, the auditor informed us that Costco and his CB were working together to 'trial' a new concept with the scoring. Any findings on the addendum would result in a deduction on your SQF score in the future. He said that we would be trialing it this year and that it may be implemented as a permanent addition next year. Those were his exact words. At the end of the audit, we learned that our Costco deduction resulted in a SQF deduction (Section 18.104.22.168). We could find no evidence of a change to the code; any reference to customer requirements in section 22.214.171.124, or reference to this type of scoring in any Costco documents or communications, nor could the auditor. We argued the point to no avail and are now in the process of appealing it.
Please let me know if you have any relevant information for this alleged change.
SQF Food Safety Code: Food Manufacturing, Edition 9
2.4.1 Food Legislation (Mandatory)
Requirement is: 126.96.36.199 The site shall ensure that at the time of delivery to customers finished products shall comply with food safety legislation applicable in the country of manufacture and sale. This includes compliance with legislative requirements applicable to maximum residue limits, food safety, packaging, product description, net weights, nutritional, allergen, and additive labeling, labeling of identity preserved foods, any other criteria listed under food legislation, and to relevant established industry codes of practice.
I fail to see how you can have an SQF non-conformance if the auditor found that your products complied with food safety legislation?
Either way you are doing the right thing by appealing. The process should work, I have previous had a major non-conformance removed on appeal (over-zealous auditor).
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