Scheme participants meet requirements
In 2012, the auditors of the independent certification bodies conducted 30,138 regular audits on QS scheme participants in the meat and meat products supply chain – approximately 520 (1.8%) more than in the previous year. The evaluation of these regular audits shows that scheme participants meet QS requirements reliably.
QS anbitiotics monitoring well established
Documentation of the use of antibiotics in QS businesses is making good progress. More than 1,200 veterinarians have registered with the QS database and have entered over 28,700 documents on dispensed antibiotics to date. There is now sufficient data for many broiler farms to allow initial evaluations.
Sanction board avenges violations consequently
Scheme participants have to anticipate sanctions when they violate the requirements of the QS scheme. In 2012 the QS sanction board, chaired by retired judge Kurt Pillmann, advised 279 cases.
Scheme participants prove reliability
Companies in the QS scheme work correctly and meet the QS requirements even if they do not expect to be subject of a QS control. That is the result of the random sample audits carried out in 2012. More than 300 unannounced audits were performed at scheme participants between October and November 2012. The results are remarkable: 96.5 percent of the audits were passed.
With Kaiser’s Tengelmann to the International Green Week
Shared commitment for safe food. The International Green Week starts in Berlin on 18th January 2013. At the Farm Experience, Kaiser’s Tengelmann and QS present themselves as strong partners in the field of quality assurance. At their common stand, visitors will be provided with plenty of infotainment around the topics safe foods and quality assurance.
Info letters issue 04/2012 published
What's new in 2013? More information about the QS scheme in Spain, the crisis management, the laboratory performance assessment in autumn 2012 and the poultry spot audits. Interviews with scheme participants and QS-live ambassadors and many other interesting topics are published in our latest info letters.
Scheme manual 2013 published
The guidelines an checklists which will come in to effect on 1 january 2013 are now available in the downloadcenter of the QS homepage. The accompanying checklists can be found in the section
checklists for independent inspection.
Certus und QS extend agreement
Pork originating from the Belgian Certus scheme can still be delivered into the QS scheme in the next year. The bilateral agreement between QS Qualität und Sicherheit GmbH and Belpork vzw, standard owner of the Beligian Certus scheme has been extended until 31 December 2013.
Papers of incident updated
From now on, scheme participants can use revised notification forms to inform QS in the event of an incident. Papers of incident are now closer to practical realities.
Your opinion counts!
This year´s commenting phase on the English scheme manual begins on 16th November 2012. From this date, the guidelines which come into force as of 1 January 2013 will be published in advance on the QS homepage. For two weeks, auditors, scheme participants and the interested public get the possibility to inspect the documents and express suggestions and criticism.