Rutherford, New Jersey (PRWEB) October 04, 2012
Food companies that undergo SQF audits are surveyed by SQFI (Safe Quality Food Initiative) to evaluate their certification body. Recently those survey results were forwarded to SGS. Results state that SGS auditors are thorough, technically knowledgeable in both their HACCP/pre-requisite programs and the SQF code and display a high level of professionalism.
To the question of rating the overall performance of the auditor, SGS auditors scored 9.7 out of 10. For their food safety/technical knowledge they scored a 9.6. For their knowledge of the SQF code, they scored another 9.6. For their professionalism which included time management, courteous manner and organization, the average was 9.7.
The surveys received included results from companies that received non-conformances during their audit, and the survey showed that all non-conformities were addressed during the audit and reviewed during the exit meetings, so there were no surprises during the exit meetings. In terms of the actual audit, all respondents were satisfied with the thoroughness of the audit.
Certification is only one part of the food industry’s efforts to ensure that a food company produces safe food. The continuous training and education of its employees is another piece of the puzzle. Most if not all international food safety standards require employee training. Industry groups accredit SGS training courses, and SGS is a licensed Safe Quality Food Institute Training Center, SGS’s course meets SQFI’s requirements for SQF Practitioner. Additionally, the International HACCP Alliance endorses SGS’s HACCP courses and IRCA for the FSSC 22000 Lead Auditor course. SGS will offer public food safety training classes in October and November. Courses available include:
SGS classes are lead by dynamic subject matter experts with industry experience. They are auditors with an average of 23 years experience in their field. Training speeds up the initial certification process, saves companies money and provides ongoing improvements to food company’s products and processes. SGS Training courses currently have attained a 98.8% attendee satisfaction rating.
SGS offers a comprehensive suite of training courses for the food industry, including all GFSI standards, along with training on Quality, OH&S, Environmental and more. Additionally, eLearning courses are available for GMP/HACCP Everyday Food Safety.
Through partnerships with leading universities, Professional Certificates are offered through the University of Nebraska for Plant Breeding & Genetics, and Food Processing Management. Through the University of Florida, Certificates in Environmental Forensics is available. Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Awareness, Green Belt and Black Belt Certification are available through Dartmouth University. The Lean Six Sigma courses are virtual, with courses beginning at the end of October.
For the full listing of training courses offered through SGS in North America, visit http://www.sgsnorthamerica.com.
For more information contact:
North American Marketing