The implementation of the revised scheme would take effect 6 months later, on April 2017. Although reference to the food defense plan, the food fraud vulnerability assessment and also, the food fraud mitigation plan has been added to this section, each clause refers you to other elements of the Code, where the detail of these systems is provided. Companies will want to be compliant with the Edition 8 requirements by January 2, 2018, and certainly well before an initial or recertification audit is completed in 2018. New requirements include annual review and challenge of the food defense plan as well as the development of a food fraud vulnerability assessment and mitigation plan—also with the expectation for annual review and verification. But to pick certain parts of the Code, will no longer be an option. The program shall additionally ensure that test results are monitored with corrective action applied where out-of-specification results or unsatisfactory trends occur.
Please note, if you send your results away to be tested at an accredited lab, this does not apply to you. In both cases our documentation would give you good examples of documentation that describes compliant processes. Other updates include management accountability for the scheduling of unannounced audits as well as a process to address changes to the audit scope mid-certification cycle. Free Technical Support until you achieve certification One of the unique features of our packages is that we provide ongoing technical support. There are significantly more detailed requirements for Allergen Management. It is critical to do a complete gap analysis to identify all the changes that are necessary for the code. This depends upon how the air is being used in your process — both direct and indirect contact qualify as an air source for monitoring.
The requirement for Environmental Monitoring has been added to Module 2 with more detailed requirements. Secondly, the time frame to submit corrective actions is now 30 days for all non-conformances, rather than the previous more stringent requirement of corrective actions due within 14 days for major non-conformances, which will be helpful to industry. Personnel includes new requirements regarding contamination caused by bodily fluids and for visitors to be trained or escorted. This requirement was previously only required by Level 3 certifiers. If companies do not have the necessary internal expertise to adequately develop some programs such as Food Fraud or Environmental Monitoring, it is recommended that they consult outside resources to help ensure that the programs developed are compliant yet manageable for their facility.
New requirements build on established practices by supplementing with expectations for the monitoring of segregation activities, documented changeover procedures, control and verification of labels, and re-work identification where allergenic materials are present. There are new requirements for Water stored on site, for treated water to be tested, and for samples for analysis frequency based on risk to be taken from within the facility. There are two major changes in the Part A requirements. This is called proficiency testing, or ring testing. The assessment and the mitigation plan must be reviewed and verified a review is a verification and records of this review must be documented. Manufacturing Module 11 — Updates and clarification to module 11 requirements help ensure practices to prevent microbiological cross-contamination and allergen cross-contact.
This is to clarify, that crisis management for the Code only applies where the facility cannot produce safe food. There is also a new element, 2. Come join us for our on November 9, 2016! This means there must be a written procedure, records of compliance and also a second check for an authorized person, to ensure that the procedure has been followed. Buyers and suppliers from around the world benefit from adopting a program that is truly global in nature. These include the code, a summary of changes and an Excel version of the standard, which can be used to complete a gap analyses or internal audits of the codes. However, all companies can benefit from implementing quality process control systems that protects their brands from product recalls and foodborne illness outbreaks while protecting customers and consumers with a consistent supply of safe, quality foods. Changes in edition 8 also require risk-based supplier audits by individuals knowledgeable of food safety regulation and risk requirements with training in auditing techniques.
You can learn more about that by clicking here: 1 Allergen Management for Food Manufacturing Although this section has been expanded, by breaking out the requirement of 2. The list of blackout dates and their justification shall be submitted to the certification body a minimum of one 1 month before the sixty 60 day re-certification window for the agreed upon unannounced audit. This internal audit is a requirement in the standard and should be documented for evidence of compliance for presentation during an audit. Business Continuity Planning has been changed to Crisis Management Planning and there are more detailed requirements. To get your pack, just click the link below and place your order — we will send the pack through to you automatically for you to download. Always remember that internal auditors should be independent of the area being audited and trained in internal audit procedures to know what to look for and how to document the results of the audits. Now includes Pet Food and Animal Feed.
Doing this is not straight forward, which is why we wrote a book to meet this need, details of which can be found at the bottom of this post — with other solutions to help you meet Edition 8. Paul spent the last 10 years auditing and consulting and is a recognized food specialist with in-depth expertise in quality assurance, product development, regulatory affairs, manufacturing, and packaging. Some of the key changes are no more levels, separate standalone codes, and numbering of the codes. The Quality Code guidance document is already available. I am aware that a lot of facilities will have previously audited certain sections of the Code, such as traceability, allergens, hygiene. This means that were you carry out testing for food safety purposes on-site, you need to prove that the results that you are getting are accurate.
This statement is a reinforcement of the previous introduction of other gases to the scope of requirements. Training updates also require on-site personnel who perform environmental monitoring or product testing to participate in applicable proficiency testing annually. It also specifies that a system must be in place to monitor the purity of the filtered air. This means, that if your current internal audit system does not cover literally every clause of the Code, you are at risk of getting a non-conformance. In addition to the system elements, the operation must comply with the module that reflects its food sector category Module 11: Good Manufacturing Practices for Processing of Food Products.
Food Defense and Food Fraud — Site security requirements have changed to address site vulnerabilities for intentional and economic adulteration of food including the fraudulent acts of mislabeling and counterfeit production. Participants will receive a certificate after completion of watching the webinars. Addition of Other Gasses to The Quality of Air and Other Gasses. If you are asked to do this, please check this with your certification body, or us, before agreeing to the non-conformance. .