The audit team leader should prepare checklists for auditors to use in interviewing and observing, using FS1160-3 FOOD SAFETY AUDIT CHECKLIST EXAMPLE as a guide. The FSMS Food Safety Audit Checklist Template covers general requirements, documentation requirements, management responsibility, food safety policy, and more. Audit checklists should be designed to uniquely reflect the activities and critical control points in the area to be audited.
The Food Safety Manager should review each audit checklist and add questions he/she believes are necessary to adequately evaluate the implementation of the FSMS in the area being audited. The Food Safety Manager should provide the manager of the area being audited sufficient advance notice of the audit to ensure availability of interviewees.
When conducting interviews, audit team members should use the FSMS Food Safety Audit Checklist Template to maintain focus and ensure completeness. There should be enough questions to thoroughly evaluate activities in the audited area, but the team leader should recognize that auditors may not have time to ask all questions.
Format: Microsoft Word 2013 (.docx)
Manual: ISO 22000
Procedure: FSMS Internal Audit System Validation Procedure FDS1160
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