Because GFSI is a document that outlines elements of a food safety management system for benchmarking a variety of standards, it does not have details about how facilities should comply with the elements. This type of information is found in the food safety schemes that are the basis for certification programs. For example, the Safe Quality Food (SQF) 2000 Code, a HACCP-based supplier assurance code for the food industry, specifies that raw materials and services that impact on finished product safety be supplied by an Approved Supplier. SQF 2000 specifies that the responsibility and methods for selecting, evaluating, approving and monitoring an Approved Supplier be documented and implemented, and that a register of Approved Suppliers and records of inspections and audits of Approved Suppliers be maintained. SQF 2000 requires that the Approved Supplier Program contain, among other items, agreed specifications; methods for granting Approved Supplier status; methods and frequency of monitoring Approved Suppliers; and details of certificates of analysis if required.
According to SQF, the monitoring of Approved Suppliers is to be based on the prior good performance of a supplier and the risk level of the raw materials supplied. The monitoring and assessment of Approved Suppliers can include:
* The inspection of raw materials received;
* The provision of certificates of analysis;
* Third party certification of an Approved Supplier; or
* The completion of 2nd party supplier audits.
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11. FDA, "Peanut Products Recall" (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/MajorProductRecalls/Peanut/default.htm), Page Last Updated:
12. FDA, "Amended Form 483 (Inspectional Observations) for
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17. Global Food Safety Initiative, "GFSI Guidance Document, Version 6.1."
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