Does ASI have a global reach?
Yes, contact your ASI representative to schedule an audit outside of the United States. 

How quickly can I get certified to SQF? 

Depending on the programs you currently have in place, a safe timeline to obtain certification is 3-6 months. 

Where can I search for Customers/Buyers to view current certification on the SQF website? 
SQFI.COM. 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. 

Why does my company need a HACCP Plan? 

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) is a process control system designed to identify hazards in food production.  It includes steps designed to prevent problems before they occur and to correct deviations as soon as they are detected.  This is the most effective approach for producing safe food.  HACCP programs are required for SQF Certification audits and cGMP audits.  

Can ASI customize an audit form to fit our needs? 
Yes.  ASI Food Safety offers many types of third-party cGMP audit forms for food processors, non-food processors, packagers, distributors, retail store audits, and kitchen audits to name a few.  You will have the opportunity to view the audit standard and guidelines prior to the scored audit.  If there are changes that are needed, we will be happy to work with you to customize the form.  ASI auditors are able to use your audit form if that is your preference. 

What are the cGMP audit requirements?

You may download the audit forms here or contact to receive additional report information.

Can ASI help us comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)? 
ASI can use food safety tools such as a Hazard Analysis, Recall, Traceability, SSOP, Prerequisites, Allergen Programs, Food Defense, and Food Fraud to help satisfy the rules of FSMA.

 Does ASI offer cGMP food safety training?
Yes, we offer training webinars, learning lunch webinars, on-site seminars and public seminars on HACCP, Internal auditor, PCQI, SQF Edition 8 and Food Defense. Click here for our training programs.

What is a GFSI Global Markets Small Supplier Audit and does ASI Food Safety perform them? 

Yes. This audit was created so that large retailers can buy locally sourced products from small suppliers that cannot afford to obtain a GFSI certification. While this audit is not GFSI  benchmarked, the intent is that the small supplier will continuously improve their food safety program to eventually achieve a GFSI benchmarked certification. We are one of 3 companies that are approved by Walmart to conduct the GFSI Global Markets Small Supplier audits. Many other retailers accept this audit as well.

What is the difference between a HACCP Plan and a Food Safety Plan?

The FDA developed the Food Safety Plan, similar to HACCP but preventive controls and monitoring have been added, as well as radiological hazards, intentional hazards, food fraud and a comprehensive recall plan. 

What is the difference between verification and validation?

Verification is the application and monitoring of procedures, tests, and other evaluations to determine if a control measure or combination of control measures is or has been operating as intended and to establish the validity of the food safety plan. (21 CFR 117.3)

Validation is collecting and evaluating the scientific and technical evidence that a control measure, combination of control measures, or the food safety plan as a whole, when properly implemented, is capable of effectively controlling the identified hazards.  (21 CFR 117.3)

What is the difference between Food Fraud and Food Defense?

Food Fraud is when a supplier intentionally substitutes, mislabels, uses unapproved additives, or contaminates an ingredient for financial gain. The motive is typically for financial gain.

Food Defense is the protection of food products from intentional contamination or adulteration that can cause harm to consumers. The motive is to cause public health harm and economic disruption.

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