An effective food safety certification strategy is essential to building sustainable programs. In fact, planning and strategy are required aspects of food safety conformance and compliance. However, food safety certification continues to evolve, with many companies having fewer than five years of experience establishing and maintaining certification. And many companies and industry segments have only recently determined their needs and/or developed their programs and plans for certification.
 
Kestrel’s self-diagnostic assessment tool is designed to help you better understand your organization’s current state of planning for GFSI certification and determine the sustained level of your Food Safety Management System (FSMS). To complete the assessment, review your facility and answer our assessment questions. Kestrel will analyze your responses and get in touch to discuss:
  • How to change “No” responses into “Yes”     
  • Recommendations to help you meet GFSI requirements
  • Best practices for creating an effective food safety certification strategy

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* 1. Do you have an effective strategy and plan for maintaining and sustaining GFSI certification that includes all key personnel in the organization, including senior management?

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* 2. Is the status or your food safety objectives maintained and reviewed in a timely fashion by a verified management review process to ensure conformance with standards?

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* 3. Does the deployment of human resources adequately support your FSMS with maintained requirements, qualifications, training, capability, and leadership?

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* 4. Are your customer requirements and advertised capabilities aligned with your food certification and consumer product level intended use?

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* 5. Is the response to customer and market feedback for analysis and response effectively managed and monitored within your FSMS?

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* 6. Is the management of your food safety documentation that is required for certification to your selected scheme sustained, validated, and verified under document management?

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* 7. Do you have an effective and current process to monitor and update your qualified suppliers to scheme certification and FSMA?

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* 8. Does your corrective and preventive action (CAPA) process provide for ensuring proper severity, response to corrective actions, and compliance under FSMA?

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* 9. Are corrective actions and FSMS improvements effectively verified as closed and complete?

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* 10. Do you engage in timely monitoring of the status of your FSMS and strategy to ensure current and sustained integrity of the program?

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