FOOD SAFETY AND QUALITY PROGRAM AUDITING
THE “QFSC” PROVIDES VARIOUS TYPES OF AUDITING SERVICE IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY.
LET’S UNDERSTAND EACH OF THEM.
1. GAP ASSESSMENT
When food manufacturing company has already established food safety and quality management system and wish to upgrade to specific standard, the GAP Assessment is performed against that specific standard to identify the GAPs in the company’s existing system, so company can implement those gaps prior to final certification audit. Such example can be company wishing to upgrade their system from HACCP to BRCGS or SQF.
The GAP assessment can be carried out by the company’s own food safety team independent food safety auditor or consultant.
2. INTERNAL AUDITS
An internal audit is a complete review of the food safety system against company’s food safety and quality system such as HACCP or major GFSI Audit Schemes, like SQF or BRCGS Standards.
Internal audit involves facility inspection, employee interview, challenge exercise for recall and traceability, review of documents, SOPS, and records etc. At the end of the internal audit, the auditee receives the full documented internal audit reports detailing conformities and non-conformities.
The internal audit can be carried out by the company’s own food safety team or independent food safety auditor or consultant.
The “QFSC” services are hired to provide BRCGS internal auditing and training on yearly basis since 2014.
Ms. Shilpa Mistry is great auditor and trainer. I must tell you; she is the best when it comes to food safety. She does not like to compromise. She connects with people easily. I have seen her working with management and floor level employees with same level of respect, love and care. She does not stop. She is there to assist you and that is the only agenda she carries with her.
Our company is BRCGS “AA” and we are so proud of her help.
Mr. Clive Bowen, QA Manager
Kisko Products; Woodbridge, Ontario
3. PRE-ASSESSMENT AUDIT / PRE-AUDIT
An optional on-site pre-assessment / pre-audit is arranged prior to the final certification audit by the company when company is going for initial certification or has major changes that can prevent them for maintaining certification such as personnel changes, product line changes, new facility etc.
The pre-assessment can be carried out by the independent food safety auditor or consultant or certification body auditor. This assessment identifies gaps in the company’s existing food safety and quality management system and company ensure that all identified non-conformances are corrected prior to the final certification audit.
BELOW LISTED AUDIT SERVICES ARE NOT PROVIDED BY THE “QFSC” TO THE CUSTOMER DIRECTLY; HOWEVER, OUR QUALIFIED STAFF ARE CONTRACTED BY THE CERTIFICATION BODY TO PROVIDE THIS SERVICE TO THE CUSTOMER.
4. DESKTOP AUDIT
An independent desk audit is conducted by the certification body only for initial certification. The desk audit is conducted by the registered food safety auditor appointed by the certification body, and ensures the food safety plan and the associated critical control point (CCP) or critical quality point (CQP) determinations, validations and verifications are appropriately documented and that the documented system is relevant to the scope of certification.
Desk audits are not scored or rated.
5. ON-SITE AUDIT
The site audit is conducted on site by the food safety auditor appointed by the certification body. The site audit determines if the food safety and quality management system is effectively implemented as documented. It includes production facility inspection, document review, traceability challenge, label review, records verification etc.
6. GFSI AUDITS
GFSI (i.e. BRCGS, SQF, FSSC 22000, IFS etc.) are performed by the certification body only. They include desktop and on-site audits based on the type of standard. The auditor hired or contracted by the certification body can perform GFSI audits only.
7. CUSTOMER AUDITS OR ADDENDUM
Certain food retail and service chains requires food manufacturing company to complete their specific audit or addendum - such as Costco, McDonald’s, Kraft, Weight Watchers. This audit can have certain requirements different than the GFSI audits or they may require auditor to perform traceability exercise for their products during audit. These audits can be performed by the certification auditor individually or with the GFSI Audit as an addendum.