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Ensuring Food Quality from Suppliers

One of the keys to any successful food safety program is to buy products from “reputable suppliers” who, in turn, buy their products from approved sources.

Purchasing food products from an outside source may have a direct impact on the success of your business if your suppliers don't adhere to the same strict food safety standards practiced in your operation.

In order to ensure your food is purchased from a reputable source, your suppliers' facilities should be audited on a regular basis to determine if they are in compliance with all federal, state and/or local regulations.

Third party audits have not only been successful in identifying potential problems in the food supply, but have also allowed us to act as a liaison between vendors and suppliers to prevent or resolve problems in a safe, efficient and economical manner.

The risks of not meeting consumer expectations have increased dramatically for all links in the food production chain. Each link in the supply chain has an impact on the final product.

Audits may include one or more of the following components:

• Good Manufacturing Practices

• Standard Sanitary Operating Procedures (SSOPs)

• Good Agricultural Practices

• HACCP Verification

• Ingredient Traceability

• Product Recall

• Food Security

These third party verification audits are conducted to determine whether your suppliers have the necessary food safety and quality systems in place to meet, or exceed regulatory requirements and respective industry standards.

We evaluate, verify and/or
reassess HACCP Plans, Standard Sanitary Operating Procedures (SSOPs) and Good Management Practices (GMPs).

Our audits focus on the review of HACCP documentation, food handling practices and procedures and facility design and sanitation.

Audits are conducted using a rating system.
However, if you prefer, we can use the same audit form, but eliminate the rating component. The length of each audit will depend on the size and scope of the operation as well as the depth and accuracy of documents provided in advance of the on-site assessment.

At the end of each audit, findings are reviewed with the person in charge and/or member of management, to clarify cited problems and issues, and to discuss possible solutions. A written summary report of our findings and recommendations is sent within one week of the completion of the audit.



38 Montvale Ave., Suite 350, Stoneham, MA 02180 phone: 617-523-5450