It’s essential to be audit ready. Hence the phrase: “Being audit ready all the time.” In fact, good food safety and quality practices should be adhered to and practiced on a consistent basis. Not just when your auditor or inspector is scheduled to arrive. We have created a program that takes suppliers to the next level of commitment and readiness, The SQFI Select Site program.
It’s important to start thinking about participating in the program. Sites may continue their annual announced recertification audit schedule or, new under SQF Edition 8, may choose to participate in an annual unannounced audit which, upon successful completion, will designate the facility a SQFI Select Site. Below is the explanation and definition you’ll find in the SQF Edition 8 code.
A site may forgo the three-year certification cycle requirement and voluntarily elect to have annual unannounced re-certification audits. If annual unannounced re-certification audits are conducted by the site then the protocol outlined for the three-year certification cycle audit shall be followed. Sites with annual unannounced re-certification audits shall be recognized on the SQF certificate as an “SQFI select site.”
Transparency is the new black. Meaning, everyone wants to look good in it! However, being transparent about your food safety and quality processes isn’t something that is achieved overnight. If truth and candor were systematic in corporate practice and in the regulatory protocols, your buyer could make informed decisions about purchasing your product. It takes a strong food safety culture followed by effective training and engaging communication, to tell the story to your stakeholders that you’re committed to food safety. By volunteering in the SQFI Select Site program, it communicates to your stakeholders that you are committed to food safety and the transparency of your processes.
More information about the SQFI Select Site can be found in any SQF Edition 8 code, or you can email SQFI Compliance at firstname.lastname@example.org to submit an inquiry or ask questions .