What Are The 8 Major Steps to Prepare For An SQF Audit?

hat Are The 8 Major Steps to Prepare For An SQF Audit

What does SQF stand for? What is an SQF audit? Before I get to the 8 major steps, let’s talk SQF basics. An SQF audit is the process you must follow to attain SQF certification. SQF (Safe Quality Food) is a food safety management system certification process created by the SQF Institute. A SQF Certification […]

How to Create a HACCP Plan? Step-by-Step Guide with Examples

How to create a HACCP Plan

Are you wondering how to develop or write a HACCP plan? If so, then this article is for you. A Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan is the core element of most food safety systems. Chances are if you are reading this article it’s because you have been told that you need to […]

What is a BRC audit? How to pass a BRC audit?

What is a BRC Audit and how to pass it?

A BRC (British Retail Consortium)food safety audit is an international standard, implemented as a questionnaire, to check for compliance in food production. BRC audits help businesses meet the latest requirements of the BRC standard #8. The audits can be announced or unannounced which ensures that the companies producing food follow good practices every day, not […]

Is Having a HACCP Plan Mandatory or Voluntary?

Is Having a HACCP Plan Mandatory or Voluntary

Is Having a HACCP Plan a Voluntary Process or is it Mandatory? HACCP Plan Basics Do you ever wonder how a restaurant or food manufacturer keeps food safe to eat for their customers? They keep food safe because they follow a customized HACCP plan. Does the government mandate that a food business follow a HACCP […]

What is an SQF Audit? How Do I Pass an SQF Audit?

What is an SQF Audit & How Do I Pass an SQF Audit

An SQF (Safe Quality Food) audit is a system of food safety requirements created and managed by the SQF Institute and is a Food Safety Management Certification program. SQF is used to control the food safety risks that inherently happen with various types of food processing, packaging, and storage.  There are many benefits that come […]

How to Prepare for a Costco Audit (GFSI Based)

How to Prepare for a Costco Audit (GFSI Based)

  The Costco Audit is “basically” GFSI Wouldn’t it be great to get your food products into Costco? Costco has close to 800 stores and over 200 locations outside the United States. Costco is the third largest retailer in the United States and is still growing! Just think of the income, yikes! But getting your […]

What is a GMP Certification and Audit?

What is a GMP Certification and Audit

Has a business such as Whole Foods, Costco, Publix, Kroger, Trader Joe’s or Aldi told you that you need a CGMP aka GMP  certification (Good Manufacturing Practices) before they will sell your product in their stores? GMP stands for Good Manufacturing Practices and is a set of standards and requirements set by the FDA that […]

What Does ”Kill Step” Mean in a HACCP Plan?

What Does ”Kill Step” Mean in a HACCP Plan

Are new to food production and food safety? One food safety term that you will see over and over again are the words “kill step”. Sounds scary you say? Not so scary, but oh so necessary. A kill step is a hazard control in a HACCP plan. HACCP plans are often your first and best […]

What are Critical Control Points in a HACCP Plan?

What are Critical Control Points in a HACCP Plan

HACCP stands for hazard analysis and critical control points. A food safety plan helps you identify potential hazards in your operation, determine the controls you need to prevent or minimize those hazards, and verify that those controls are working as intended. Using a HACCP plan makes it easier for your food business to identify, prevent […]

What is Validation in a HACCP Plan?

What is Validation in a HACCP Plan?

Validation in a HACCP plan is the process by which the control measures implemented in a HACCP plan are tested to ensure that they are effective. It is a critical step in the development of a HACCP system because it ensures that the system is properly designed and that all necessary controls have been included. […]