GMP, HACCP and GFSI
HACCP Advantage Questions
(Cited from Omafra.gov.on.ca)
What are your industry specialties?
Bakery, Dairy, Meat, Fish and Seafood, Poultry, Fruits, Vegetables, Juices, Snacks, Processed products, Ingredient manufacturing, Confectionery and Food Packaging.
What are your food industry standard specialties?
GMP, HACCP, QMP, BRC, SQF, FSSC 22000, IFS and PAC Secure
Can you help me choose food safety program standards?
Yes, based on your company product type, industry type and customer requirements, we can help you choose the right food safety standards.
Can you help me choose services?
Yes, we can help you choose below services:
Pest Control | Sanitation Contractors | Chemical Company | Laundry and Uniform Services etc. | Construction Materials
Packaging Materials | Equipment Selection | Equipment Maintenance Company
Do you provide training on-site or off-site?
Yes, Based on the company requirements, we offer on-site and off-site training.
Can you help us choose certification body and auditor?
Yes, Based on the company product type and food safety standard, we can help you choose certification body and auditor.
Is there any grant or funding open to help implementing food safety program?
Currently, there is Growing Forward 2 grant is available from OMAFRA to support food safety program.
What are your Food Safety Standards and Regulations Expertise?
GFSI [Global Food Safety Initiative]
BRC [British Retail Consortium]
SQF [Safe Quality Food]
FSSC 22000 [Foundation for Food Safety Certification]
IFS [International Featured Standards] Food, Packaging and Logistics
PAC Secure [HACCP for Packaging]
FSEP [Food Safety Enhancement Program]
GAP [Good Agricultural Practices] – Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
QMP [Quality Management Program]
GMP [Good Manufacturing Practices]
HACCP [Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point]
Food and Drug Act
Meat Inspection Program
Dairy Inspection Program
Fish and Seafood Inspection Program
Packaging and Labeling Act
USDA [United States Department of Agriculture]
FDA [ U.S. Food and Drug Administration]
C-TPAT [Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism]
FSMA [Food Safety Modernization Act]
How can we contact you?
You can call us at 416-471-2290 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Where are your services available?
We can provide service in the Canada and United State. However, we are willing to provide service in other countries as per client’s request.
What are the benefits of doing the Food Safety Program such as GMP, HACCP or GFSI?
Food Industry Demand – more & more customers are demanding.
Assure Product Safety
Provide Brand Protection
Meet Legislative Requirements
Promote Business Improvement and Efficiency
Promote Customer & Consumer Confidence
Reduce waste, rework. customer complaints & recall
Identify and Control problems before they go out of control
Save you from law suits and costly recall
Peace of Mind
What is HACCP?
HACCP means Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point. Hazard analysis and critical control points is a systematic preventive approach to food safety and allergenic, chemical, and biological hazards in production processes that can cause the finished product to be unsafe, and designs measurements to reduce these risks to a safe level.
HACCP programs are required for SQF and BRC Certification audits and will also satisfy the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
What is GMP?
GMP means Good Manufacturing Practices. GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) is a system to ensure that products meet food safety, quality and legal requirements. As a food manufacturer you should have GMP in place.
What is GFSI?
GFSI means Global Food Safety Initiative. The Global Food Safety Initiative is a business-driven initiative for the continuous improvement of food safety management systems to ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food to consumers worldwide. GFSI provides a platform for collaboration between some of the world's leading food safety experts from retailer, manufacturer and food service companies, and service providers associated with the food supply chain, international organizations, academia and government.
What are currently approved GFSI Standards?
BRC | FSSC 22000 | Global GAP | SQF | Canada GAP | GAA | GRMS | IFS | Primus GFS
How quickly can I get certified to GFSI Standard? [BRC or SQF or FSSC 22000 or IFS]
Depending on the programs you currently have in place, a safe time line to obtain certification in 6-12 months.
I have HACCP / HACCP Advantage program, can i go for GFSI certification and how long will it take?
Yes, you can go for GFSI certification. A safe time line to obtain certification in 6 -12 months.
Where can I search for Customers/Buyers to view current certification on the BRC website?
Type the Company name into the search bar and click search. When the Company name appears you can view the details of the current BRC certification.
Where can I search for Customers/Buyers to view current certification on the SQF website?
Type the Supplier name into the search bar and click search. When the Supplier name appears you can view the details of the current SQF certification.
Do you help packaging manufacturing company also?
Yes, we help primary, secondary and tertiary packaging material manufacturing in developing their food safety program.
What is the standard for the packaging company?
PAC HACCP, BRC, SQF and IFS PAC Secure.
Can QFSC help us comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)?
QFSC can “develop and use food safety tools such as, a Hazard Analysis, Recall, Traceability, SSOP, Prerequisites, Allergen Programs, Food Security, etc. “to help satisfy the rules of FSMA.
Does FSMA change any of the authorities over food safety currently divided between FDA and USDA?
No. However, FSMA does provide for FDA and USDA and other federal and state/local food safety agencies to work together more closely.
How will State, local, tribal and territorial agencies provide input into the sections of FSMA dedicated to enhanced partnerships?
Individuals from States, localities, tribes, and territories as well as affiliated organizations will have the opportunity to provide input through a series of project teams. One of the primary methods of input is through the Partnership for Food Protection (PFP). The PFP is a group of dedicated workers from Federal, State, and local governments with roles in protecting the food supply and public health. The PFP workgroups were formed following 50-state workshops in 2008 and 2010 and are working directly with members of FDA to improve food safety at all levels of government.
How will FSMA support the vision of an Integrated Food Safety System (IFSS)?
FSMA calls for enhanced partnerships and integration with our Federal, State, local, tribal and territorial partners. The Partnership for Food Protection (PFP), of which FDA is a member, has been working to develop an integrated food safety system with strengthened inspection, laboratory, and response capacity. The Federal-State Integration team has been and will continue working closely with State, local, tribal, and territorial partners to develop and implement the IFSS. Examples of current ongoing activities include efforts to standardize training and expertise levels of inspectors. Another example of integration is the effort to develop national standards for federal, state, and local laboratories. These national standards, including laboratory accreditation, will increase the efficiency of the laboratories in responding to outbreaks and facilitate the rapid acceptance of lab analytical data for regulatory actions. The efforts of the PFP workgroups together with the agency’s implementation of provisions of FSMA that support enhanced partnerships will further develop the IFSS. To access the full vision document for the IFSS, got to Establishing a Fully Integrated National Food Safety System with Strengthened Inspection, Laboratory and Response Capacity.
With the current financial state of many State and local health agencies, how will State and local governments be able to assist FDA in implementing new provisions of FSMA, such as the increased inspection mandate?
FSMA is one of the top priorities in FDA at this time. The Federal-State Integration team is working to determine funding mechanisms and provide other types of support, such as training, to our State and local partners. FSMA created mechanisms for providing necessary funds to our regulatory partners to support enhanced food safety efforts, and FDA is diligently evaluating the implementation of those sections of the legislation to ensure that States and local governments are funded adequately to help implement FSMA.
When I think of the Food Safety Modernization Act, I only think of food that people consume. What is the Federal-State Integration team doing about food for animals?
The Federal-State Integration team realizes the importance of improving animal food regulations and standards along with human food. The Federal-State Integration team has members from the Center of Veterinary Medicine at FDA and is partnering with organizations such as the Association of American Feed Control Officials to ensure that food for animals is safe.
Considering the large task at hand, is the Federal-State Integration team going to partner with anyone else to help them implement FSMA?
The Federal-State Integration team has engaged various associations and State, local, territorial, and tribal agencies in its implementation efforts. The Federal-State Integration team is also partnering with other Federal agencies, including the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to improve food borne illness outbreak response across the nation.
Do the programs cover abattoirs and other meat processing plants? What about dairy plants? Fruit and vegetable processors? Other commodities?
Yes, the Advantage Series of Food Safety Programs™ apply to all food processing facilities. It does not matter what commodity you process or the regulations some commodities might have to meet.
How does the Advantage Series of Food Safety Programs™ relate to or fit in with Ontario regulations?
Advantage programs complement current food safety regulations. They do not replace these regulations. Facilities must comply with applicable food safety regulations whether or not they adopt any Advantage program(s).
How costly are Advantage GMP, Advantage HACCP, and Advantage HACCP Plus to implement?
Through extensive research, stakeholder discussions, and in-plant testing, OMAFRA has developed an approach to HACCP that:
is feasible and practical for Ontario's small and medium-sized facilities to implement
will maximize food safety.
There are many factors that will affect the cost of a program. It depends on the extent of the changes you will need to make, based on such factors as:
the condition of your facility
the number of products or processes
the degree to which your facility already meets Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) requirements.
Just remember: there may be costs associated with implementing HACCP, but a well-designed and implemented HACCP system can actually help decrease costs in certain areas. For example, your operation can identify product flow bottlenecks. You can monitor efficient use of sanitation chemicals. And, your employees will be trained to identify potential problems before they occur.
Could a small business with less than 10 employees implement the Advantage Series of Food Safety Programs ™?
Yes. The programs were developed to be feasible for even very small facilities. Small facilities may need to be extra careful when doing a gap and cost-benefit analysis before deciding to implement an Advantage program. It's important to ensure your expectations are realistic.
Will facilities be required to implement HACCP?
No, facilities are not required to implement HACCP. The Advantage Series of Food Safety Programs™ has been developed as a voluntary program. It will be up to individual facilities to assess whether the benefits of implementing the program will make it economically feasible to do so.
Does OMAFRA have a staffed helpline (phone, email) for the Advantage Series of Food Safety Programs™?
Yes. OMAFRA has established an email address: email@example.com
and a toll-free helpline: 1 877 424-1300
How long will it take to implement an Advantage food safety program?
The time required to implement an Advantage program will depend on:
the condition of your facility
How well you are already meeting GMP and HACCP requirements.
Some facilities will have extensive food safety systems in place and few facility upgrades to make. Others may require more substantial preparations. These facilities will require more time to implement Advantage. Generally, the implementation period ranges from eight to eighteen months.
How much will it cost to get Advantage certified?
There is a fee for certification from the auditing body. For more information, please contact 1 877 424-1300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How will you ensure consistency and fairness with a third party system for certification or recognition?
To ensure consistency and fairness:
Audit criteria have been put in place.
Auditors have been trained in Advantage GMP, HACCP and HACCP Plus standards.
The auditing body has put in place an established auditor accreditation process.
The Board is under the oversight of Standards Council of Canada..
Will OMAFRA list facilities certified under Advantage on its web site?
Yes, OMAFRA posts certified facilities after their certification status has been confirmed.
Can my facility get Advantage certification outside OMAFRA and the certification body?
No. Other HACCP audit and service providers can be an excellent resource. They can even provide valuable information regarding a HACCP system. But Advantage programs will be officially certified only through the authorized certification body. This ensures a level of consistency, transparency and government oversight for the auditing process that will prove valuable to the program as a whole.
What happens if there is a food -related illness / incident involving a plant certified under Advantage GMP, HACCP or HACCP Plus?
During a certification or surveillance audit, a review of the food safety program will take place. But those results reflect the circumstances that existed only at a single point in time - the day of the audit. The continued maintenance of the food safety program is the responsibility of the plant operator. When you implement Advantage food safety programs, you take control of food safety. Any food-related illnesses from products developed by the plant that take place following the audit are still the responsibility of the facility to follow-up with and take appropriate action