Why is Food Safety Important to Sysco ? • • • • Protect the Public Protect our Customers Protect our Company and its partner-suppliers Protect the image and integrity of the food industry Sysco Quality Assurance Sysco has always had extensive produce quality assurance and has been a leader in developing food safety programs for Sysco Brand Produce: •Facility Food Safety audits •Daily Field Inspections •Plant Visits •Traceability •GAP audits/verification have been cornerstone activities for Sysco Quality Assurance. Continuous Improvement To further assure food safety, Sysco Quality Assurance introduced an unprecedented food safety program: Sysco GAP The program focuses efforts in three areas: – Role/position of supplier in supply chain – Good Agricultural Practices – Traceability for all master containers Sysco Corporation Expectations for Suppliers of Ready to Eat Produce •Each local grower to have an approved GAP audit for each farm used to supply Sysco Operating Companies (Amish Farms in KS) •Audits uploaded into Sysco GAP database •Traceability on all master containers, regardless of brand or label •Specific water quality and equipment sanitation standards •Complete supplier survey •Full enterprise-wide enforcement last half of CY 2011 Why GAP audits? • GAP audits verify the basic food safety principles are implemented in the growing and handling of fresh produce • GAP’s address food safety proactively. • GAP audits provide greater impact than micro testing, reactive • Third-party GAP and harvest crew audits provide the means to move the industry beyond the Letter of Guaranty. What is Sysco GAP? Sysco GAP is a web-based database that will allow Sysco QA to capture, document, and monitor supplier compliance. The database will ultimately contain a list of approved suppliers from which Sysco and FreshPoint Operating Companies will be authorized to purchase ready to eat (RTE) produce products. •Complex data and reporting Azzule to manage the data system. What is Ready To Eat produce (RTE)? Ready-to-eat produce is described as any fresh produce, processed or field packed, that consumed it’s existing condition. Examples include: leafy vegetables, berries, tomatoes, celery, cole crops, green onions and herbs etc. Excluded products include: asparagus, corn, potatoes, onions, carrots and any type of deciduous fruit/tree/nut crop . Independent Audit Requirements Each audit will demonstrate 100% compliance for those questions that comprise the Critical Food Safety section of the audit and 85% compliance on all other sections/questions. Approved 3rd Party Auditors are: AIB International , NSF, Primuslabs.com, Scientific Certification Systems, Inc., Silliker, Inc., Global GAP, SQF 1000, Guelph Tech USDA (Expected) * Audits are valid for 18 months Questions?
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