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Audits & Inspections
One of the keys to any successful Food Safety Program is to "know who you are buying from." In order to do this, food suppliers' facilities should be inspected on a regular basis either by your own auditors, approved 3rd party auditors or combinations of the two methods. This must be done in a comprehensive but cost effective manner. TQS GLOBAL has extensive experience in understanding how to develop, implement and validate/verify supplier-auditing programs. We offer comprehensive services in this regard such as:

1. Supplier Auditing Optimization (review of current programs and recommendations for modifications, if needed)
2. Developing and helping to implement new programs (includes guidelines for selecting Third Party Auditors, role of consumer complaint monitoring and cost implications to you and your suppliers)
3. Conducting Triage Audits in cases where recalls or consumer complaints are involved Developing risk-based auditing instruments.

TQS GLOBAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM can be of assistance with regard to food inspections or food safety audits.
Third Party Audits
Third party audits provide a credible verification system to the entire food processing industry including retail environments, meat, fish, and poultry, vegetable and produce suppliers. Having a HACCP plan in place is often a first step to a successful food safety program, but is not entirely enough to ensure that food safety standards are being adhered to on a consistent basis. Purchasing food products from an outside source may directly impact on the success of your business, if your vendor does not adhere to the same strict sanitation standards as maintained in your operations.
TQS Global's team has conducted third party auditing services to the food processing industry for the last many years. These third party audits have not only been successful in identifying potential problems in the food supply, but have also allowed our inspectors to act as liaisons between vendors and supplies to ensure that problems are solved in a safe, efficient and economical manner.

1. Our team consists of trained, experienced food technologists, sanitarians, environmental health specialists and microbiologists.
2. We serve our clients in the areas of foodborne illness prevention, risk management, risk mitigation and food safety, while ensuring clean, safe, sanitary food sources to our clients.
3. Our audits are normally unannounced. We evaluate, verify and reassess HACCP plans, Standard Sanitary Operating Procedures (SSOPs) and Good Management Practices (GMPs) and validate Critical Control Points (CCPs).
4. Our audits not only focus on the review of HACCP documentation, but concentrate on inspection of storage, food production and processing units,assessment of equipment/utensil condition, water/sewage systems, garbage disposal, pest control and structural components (walls, floors, ceilings, lighting and ventilation).
5. After an audit, Our experts will recommend Corrective Actions in all problem areas and validate them.
6. TQS GLOBAL's consultants are fully trained to conduct a mock recall or outbreak investigation to train employees to handle emergency situations..

GAP and GMP Audits
In 1997, the U.S. FDA launched the National Food Safety Initiative, a set of science-based guidelines for reducing microbial food safety hazards in fresh produce. Today, these guidelines represent the norm for food safety procedures and practices. Growers, packers, distributors, processors, and cooling and cold storage operations must regularly demonstrate to buyers that they engage in agricultural and manufacturing practices that minimize food safety risk.

TQS GLOBAL conducts comprehensive GAP/GMP audits that focus on procedures and practices related to land usage and history, harvesting practices, environmental hazards, water quality, pest control, recall/traceability, employee health and hygiene, and other related Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOPs). Finally, TQS GLOBAL conducts independently verification of other third-party GAP/GMP audits as part of its Vendor Management program.
Self-Audits
The objective of a self-audit is to identify, review, confirm, or document food safety procedures and practices in preparation for an on-site TQS GLOBAL audit. TQS GLOBAL offers clients each of its GAP, GMP and HACCP auditing checklists in a self-audit format, available at no additional cost through the TQS GLOBAL Self Service Center. Each self-audit checklist contains the same set of questions that will be asked during the on-site audit and, thus, is an excellent pre-audit tool for growers, packers, processors, and distributors.
Desktop Audits

As part of its Vendor Management program, TQS GLOBAL conducts independent reviews of GAP, GMP, and HACCP audits performed by other third-party auditing companies to ensure compliance with food safety requirements based on industry standards and client’s established food safety/security policies. TQS GLOBAL reviews audits against its internal evaluation criteria, and makes corrective action requests to co-packers/ suppliers. Third-party audit scores and TQS GLOBAL verified scores are available to the vendor management client through the TQS GLOBAL web site, via password protected access.
NUTRISURE
In 1997, the U.S. FDA launched the National Food Safety Initiative, a set of science-based guidelines for reducing microbial food safety hazards in fresh produce. Today, these guidelines represent the norm for food safety procedures and practices. Growers, packers, distributors, processors, and cooling and cold storage operations must regularly demonstrate to buyers that they engage in agricultural and manufacturing practices that minimize food safety risk.

TQS GLOBAL conducts comprehensive GAP/GMP audits that focus on procedures and practices related to land usage and history, harvesting practices, environmental hazards, water quality, pest control, recall/traceability, employee health and hygiene, and other related Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOPs). Finally, TQS GLOBAL conducts independently verification of other third-party GAP/GMP audits as part of its Vendor Management program.
Self-Audits
The objective of a self-audit is to identify, review, confirm, or document food safety procedures and practices in preparation for an on-site TQS GLOBAL audit. TQS GLOBAL offers clients each of its GAP, GMP and HACCP auditing checklists in a self-audit format, available at no additional cost through the TQS GLOBAL Self Service Center. Each self-audit checklist contains the same set of questions that will be asked during the on-site audit and, thus, is an excellent pre-audit tool for growers, packers, processors, and distributors.
Desktop Audits

As part of its Vendor Management program, TQS GLOBAL conducts independent reviews of GAP, GMP, and HACCP audits performed by other third-party auditing companies to ensure compliance with food safety requirements based on industry standards and client’s established food safety/security policies. TQS GLOBAL reviews audits against its internal evaluation criteria, and makes corrective action requests to co-packers/ suppliers. Third-party audit scores and TQS GLOBAL verified scores are available to the vendor management client through the TQS GLOBAL web site, via password protected access.
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