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Food Safety Certification & Compliance

Food Safety Certification & Compliance

Every company has an obligation to its customers to provide safe and quality food. In addition, a growing number of retailers and wholesalers require their producers and suppliers to implement a certification program. Certification to a GFSI-certified standard (e.g., SQF, IFS, BRC, FSSC 22000) demonstrates that a company is working actively to manage its food safety risks.

Connecting Compliance and Certification

In today’s economic climate, it is difficult for companies to devote the resources required to maintain compliance activities at a sustained and satisfactory level—but it is essential. Kestrel understands the importance of developing and maintaining key internal controls that ensure the reliability of compliance systems and meet certification requirements.

Our experienced consultants help companies select the food safety standard that best aligns with business objectives and capabilities to ensure that compliance methods are optimized. We then manage the entire compliance and certification readiness process, working directly with onsite employees to mitigate risks, ensure certification, enhance market reputation, and drive business performance.

Compliance/Certification Services

Kestrel’s food safety team develops and implements integrated management systems based on best practice audit/corrective action, risk assessment, and human factors. Our services include the following:

  • Integrated food safety management program (regulatory, GFSI, customer requirements, HACCP, supplier programs, quality systems)
  • USDA compliance program and NR management
  • FDA/FSMA compliance – 21 CFR FDA
  • GFSI/HACCP/GMP certification readiness
  • IFS, FSSC 22000, SQF, BRC certification
  • HACCP food safety plan development
  • GFSI strategy, business plans, and implementation support
  • GFSI integrity audits
  • Product lifecycle management
  • Food defense and intentional adulteration
  • Building/equipment hygienic maintenance and design
  • Food labeling
  • Food due diligence
  • Food-compliant ERP systems
  • Corporate food safety governance
  • Enterprise risk management
  • Sustainability initiatives
  • EHS programs and OSHA compliance
  • Organizational development
  • Gap analysis
  • Procedures and work instructions
  • Risk assessments and protocols
  • Training and certification for internal auditors
  • Internal audit process development
  • Process verification/validation

Certification & Continuous Improvement

Certification under a GFSI-recognized food safety management program is a growing requirement within key food product supply chains—one that is driven by customer/market demands. Kestrel helps companies seeking certification establish strategies and objectives to meet industry standards and compliance requirements. Key decisions include the following:

Compliance Levels and Options

  • Standard and level strategy
  • Customer/supply chain concerns
  • Certifying body determination (based on business type, customer base, market strategy, operational processes, regulatory requirements, technology, supply chain)
  • Management of Change (MOC)

Planning and Development

  • Readiness review
  • Prerequisites/HACCP
  • Quality system/food quality
  • Food safety plan
  • Supplier qualification
  • Process/product verification/validation
  • USDA and FDA FSMA inspection
  • Program verification/plan-do-check-act

Program Implementation

  • Program development/project plan
  • Gap analysis planning
  • Corrective and preventive actions (CAPA)
  • Internal and test audits
  • Customer compliance letters
  • Certification and commissioning

 Certification

  • Certification audit readiness
  • Pre-assessment and test audits
  • Program validations/verification
  • Training
  • Management review validation
  • Certification process

Focused on Business Results

Led by a team of senior consultants averaging over 25 years of hands-on experience, Kestrel understands the food industry and the increasingly complex world in which companies within the food supply chain operate. Our industry experts:

  • Provide an in-depth understanding of FSMA and GFSI
  • Offer guidance in evaluating food safety certification requirements
  • Assist companies in fulfilling the compliance requirements of the benchmarked standards (e.g., IFS, FSSC 22000, SQF, BRC)
  • Are certified in FSSC22000, BRC, IFS and SQF, and as HACCP trainers

Food Safety Certifications & Services

British Retail Consortium (BRC)

Enabling the production, packaging, storage & distribution of safe food & consumer products

Enterprise Technology & Business Process Improvement

Meeting strict food safety mandates through food ERP systems

Food Defense & Intentional Adulteration

Protecting food from acts of intentional adulteration

Food Due Diligence

Evaluating potential food safety risks of M&A transactions

Food Labeling

Ensuring compliance with nutrition labeling requirements

Food Safety Management Systems

Meeting food safety certification requirements

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

Complying with FDA regulations for food safety

Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000

Harmonizing certification requirements for food safety systems with other standards

Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)

Driving continuous improvement of the FSMS to ensure safe food

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)

Identifying & preventing hazards in food production

Information Management Suite

Creating efficiency through compliance information management systems & tools

International Featured Standard (IFS)

Auditing food safety and food product/process quality

Safe Quality Food (SQF)

Verifying food safety & quality systems throughout the food chain

Training

Following a training-based approach to compliance