Quality and Food Safety
Consumers trust products that are produced to a higher standard. The goal of Quality Chekd is for its member dairies to supply products to retailers and consumers that are safe and of the highest quality. Members of Quality Chekd have pledged to uphold this goal, and the member-owned trademark is an endorsement of this commitment. The Quality Chekd organization procures, converts and markets safe products that provide optimal quality and value to each customer. To this end, the Quality Chekd program provides:
- Best-in-class quality assurance practices and programs
- Finished product testing and compliance
- Quality assurance and lab proficiency services
- Food safety education and certification
- Regulatory expertise and guidance; continuous improvement
- Industry benchmarking and best practices
- On-site plant support and assessments
- SQF-GFSI Consultations
- Self-assessment tools and resources
- Product recall and crisis communication
Questions About SQF V9 and your Onsite Lab? Quality Chekd Can Help…
SQF V9 Food Manufacturing Code 188.8.131.52:
Product analyses shall be conducted to nationally recognized methods or company requirements, or alternative methods that are validated as equivalent to the nationally recognized methods. Where internal laboratories are used to conduct input, environmental, or product analyses, sampling and testing methods shall be in accordance with the applicable requirements of ISO/IEC 17025, including annual proficiency testing for staff conducting analyses. External laboratories shall be accredited to ISO/IEC 17025, or an equivalent international standard, and included on the site’s contract service specifications list.
Never before have our on-site labs been subject to such scrutiny! This means that our next SQF auditor will be looking closely at our testing methodology and the proficiency of our technicians. The good news is that many labs are already doing several things to demonstrate compliance! View the SQF V9 Code.
If you are a dairy plant, you may already be a participant in the Quality Chekd Compliance Program and/or the Quality Chekd-Merieux Proficiency Program. If so, you have a jump start on the new guidelines! View a Quality Chekd Bulletin to help dairy members understand the new requirements. For more information on participation in these programs, contact Amanda Moore. For all food manufacturers, SQF has provided a V9 Summary of Changes and will soon issue an Onsite Lab Tip sheet to clarify the Version 9 requirements. Stay tuned for information on our January webinar with Merieux NutriSciences for an opportunity to ask questions and gain insight from the Merieux SQF auditing team!