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Welcome to our newsletter. It delivers important news and information, as well as identifying useful resources that can enhance your organization's competitiveness in the food industry. Our focus is on helping you to achieve and maintain an approved GFSI food safety certification. In doing so, we typically become a valued business partner to our clients. 

Unannounced Audits - Way of the Future?  


In January, the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI) announced that it would begin to conduct unannounced audits in July for one out of every three certified suppliers. This comes on top of already unannounced inspections by the FDA. "We believe that each facility must be prepared every day for an assessment," said Robert Garfield, SQFI senior vice president. Is this a growing trend that will soon affect your organization?


The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has released an "unannounced audit" policy too, although they work with certified suppliers to target acceptable time slots.


Michael Govro, technical/quality assurance manager at NSF International, recently indicated that unannounced audits are needed to bolster public confidence in the country's food-safety system, "and I think the other (GFSI) standards will follow, to strengthen perceptions of the validity of third-party audits."


The writing is on the wall. It is only a matter of time before unannounced audits (perhaps with caveats to avoid business disruption) become the norm for food companies with a certification approved by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), which includes SQF, BRC, IFS, FSSC 22000, and GlobalG.A.P. In fact, GFSI has strongly hinted that unannounced audits will become a standard ingredient of approved food safety schemes in the future.


And the consequences of failing an audit or FDA inspection can be grave, ranging from loss of food safety certification, imperiled supplier status, or even suspension of business operations.


PSV Food Safety Consultants offers a comprehensive Gold Star Maintenance Program to help certified companies maintain readiness for unannounced audits or FDA inspections. Our affordable program is customized to satisfy your specific needs. Please contact us for a FREE consultation to learn how we can help your organization.   

Food Safety in the News

New FSMA Deadlines. The new deadlines are Aug. 30, 2015, for preventive controls for human food and preventive controls for animal food; October 31, 2015, for produce safety, foreign supplier verification program, and third-party accreditation; March 31, 2016, for sanitary transport, and May 31, 2016, for intentional adulteration.
March, 2014



In This Issue
Unannounced Audits
In the News
Don Steele, PSV Food Safety Consultants 
Don Steele

We are a network of food safety consultants with seasoned expertise in helping clients become certified under approved GFSI schemes. Our consultants work closely with you to develop a certification strategy that best fits your unique situation and budget. And our turnkey consulting approach ensures your certification success in a timely fashion...satisfaction guaranteed!.




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How can your business and facilities become certified to a GFSI approved scheme? This detailed, customized report explains the steps involved and provides North American organizations with an estimate for consulting, Registrar and auditing fees. It also gives you an idea of the timeframe typically required for a company like yours to achieve a GFSI food safety certification. And just for requesting the Report, we will send a FREE publication, "Marketing your Food Safety Certification - How to Promote your Food Safety Certification," which explains how to leverage your GFSI-approved certification to gain more business.