2.1.1 Management Responsibility
126.96.36.199 Senior site management shall prepare and implement a policy statement that outlines at a minimum the commitment of all site management to:
188.8.131.52 Senior site management shall lead and support a food safety culture within the site that ensures at a minimum:
The reporting structure shall identify and describe site personnel with specific responsibilities for tasks within the food safety management system and identify backup for absence of key personnel.
Job descriptions for the key personnel shall be documented
Site management shall ensure departments and operations are appropriately staffed and organizationally aligned to meet food safety objectives
Senior site management shall designate a primary and substitute SQF practitioner for each site with responsibility and authority to:
Oversee the development, implementation, review, and maintenance of the SQF System;
Take appropriate action to ensure the integrity of the SQF System; and
Communicate to relevant personnel all information essential to ensure the effective implementation and maintenance of the SQF System.
The primary and substitute SQF practitioner shall
Be employed by the site;
Hold a position of responsibility in relation to the management of the site’s SQF System;
Have completed a HACCP training course;
Be competent to implement and maintain HACCP-based food safety plans; and
Have an understanding of the SQF Food Safety Code: Storage and Distribution and the requirements to implement and maintain an SQF System relevant to the site’s scope of certification
Senior site management shall ensure the training needs of the site are resourced, implemented, and meet the requirements outlined in system elements 2.9 and that site personnel meet the required competencies to carry out those functions affecting the legality and safety of food products.
Senior site management shall ensure the integrity and continued operation of the food safety system in the event of organizational or personnel changes within the company or associated facilities
Senior site management shall designate defined blackout periods that prevent unannounced re-certification audits from occurring out of season or when the site is not operating for legitimate business reasons. The list of blackout dates and their justification shall be submitted to the certification body a minimum of one (1) month before the sixty (60) day re-certification window for the agreed upon unannounced audit.
Source: River Valley Holdings (Community Member)