Those are the same concerns that come along with preparing for a third-party food safety audit. If a facility manager leaves preparation for the last few weeks leading up to the audit, it will most certainly spell t-r-o-u-b-l-e for his or her food safety audit score. Because business success hinges on an outstanding audit score, it’s easy to understand the dangerous consequences a lack of audit-readiness can bring.
Three of the most common third-party audit standards for food processing facilities are Safe Quality Food (SQF), the British Retail Consortium (BRC), and American Institute of Baking (AIB). Third-party auditors such as NSF and others use those standards to ensure facilities are compliant with the criteria of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), which was created in 2000 by a group of international food retailers to help ward off food safety hazards. Although GFSI does not conduct audits, major retailers like Wal-Mart require all suppliers to meet GFSI standards. That means your facility needs to meet or exceed audit standards every time.
Pest management can account for up to 20 percent of the total audit score, so ensure you are proactively preventing pest activity by implementing an ongoing, comprehensive Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. With a focus on strategies like sanitation and facility maintenance, IPM helps keep facilities pest-free, which is exactly what auditors like to see. However, without proper documentation that spans a length of time, it will be virtually impossible to prove the success of your pest program.
Although the varying audit standards and criteria can be confusing at times, don’t let them “school” you. Keep in mind the following top five audit problems when it comes to pest management documentation in order to be audit-ready at any time and achieve high scores.| ← Previous | | | Next → | Single Page