There is no requirement for a food facility to hire an SQF consultant to pass a food safety audit. However, many food facilities have challenges with keeping up with the SQF certification and recertification requirements.
A Registered SQF consultant, in this instance, will be able to help provide guidance and assistance to meet the program requirements.
A registered SQF Consultant can help
An SQF Consultant can only help with providing suggestions and considerations for the advice. We do not make decisions on your behalf. You will still retain your decision power.
Every business is unique. All of our consultant at SFPM Consulting is empowered to teach and guide on-site staff to manage food safety programs. You pay us the up-front cost to teach and coach your team so we can charge you less.
However, some fairly common steps include the following:
Depending on how we structure the project, you should expect to spend anywhere from 10-30 hours on the process over the course of a typical engagement.
The most challenging journey wasn’t passing the initial certification. It is keeping and passing the recertification when all your customer eye’s on getting your upcoming certificate. Working long hours just before the audit to get it right? Chances are you are not able to make the cut because we cannot recreate missing records.
Food safety professionals wear many hats in a food facility and may be overwhelmed with their tasks. Don’t let your staff experience burnt-out and consider leaving their roles. Our consultant can help with tedious tasks such as internal audit and supplier approval programs, so your team focus on your operational needs.
Food Safety Certificate allows you to
There are many food safety certifications. If you are new to food safety certifications, here are few considerations that you should take into account when choosing a certification system:
Usually, you will go from a simple food safety plan to a HACCP-certified facility before moving to a GFSI certified facility. GFSI is the shortened word for Global Food Safety Initiatives, which benchmark the food safety certification programs such as SQF, FSSC 22000, BRC, IFS etc., to meet the GFSI requirements.
The benefit of having a GFSI benchmark certification is that it is globally recognized.
All HACCP and GFSI certificates need to be renewed annually as there are many changes that occur during one year.
It is important to ensure that the programs are maintained regularly, and any flaws to the programs are identified earlier than later.
Depending on the type of food safety certificate you are looking to obtain, you will either obtain the requirements from the certification body or from the individual GFSI program’s website.
For HACCP certification, you can obtain the information from the certification body as each certification body has its own set of requirements.
For GFSI certification, here are a few weblinks:
To get certified, you must first develop a food safety program that meets the certification requirements.
We recommend implementation for at least 3 months before the initial certification.
At SFPM Consulting, we have helped our clients pass their first audit within two months (program development and implementation).
We offer full food safety program development and implementation packages. Here are a few ways that we can help
In short, food safety certification really helps you to build a food safety culture and organization culture -that helps you KEEP EMPLOYEES and BUILD YOUR FOOD BRAND.
How much are you willing to invest in your employees and your food brand? Is that reflected in your food safety program?
Still not convinced? Talk to us.