Slaughtering/Deboning - Audits of special purpose 2011
Whether scheme requirements such as traceability and animal welfare are being correctly complied with, is monitored by independent auditors during the course of regular audits. In addition, QS employees and special auditors will also conduct a range of unannounced audits of special purpose during 2011 . But especially within audits of special pupose weaknesses are being discovered. Among others this will focus on slaughtering and deboning plants.
The unannounced inspections add to the overall picture that is obtained during the regular audits. In most cases they merely confirm the assessments. This means that businesses that perform well in the regular audits also achieve good results in the audits of special purpose. However, more and more weaknesses are appearing in the audit of special purpose. The QS employees are making use of these additional visits in a targeted manner in order to determine any potential improvements. This also helps to further develop the whole scheme and optimise processes.
An important inspection criterion for slaughtering is compliance with all animal welfare provisions. In the QS scheme, any animal welfare infringements are a K.O. criterion in the audits. If a K.O. criterion is determined then a complete
regular audit must be conducted .Furthermore, a sanction procedure is then initiated against the company. This may lead through to exclusion from the QS scheme.
Along with animal welfare, traceability is also a central aspect that the special auditors of QS pay particular attention to.A rapid tracing back of the entire flow of goods is a key point for the quality assurance of food .This becomes particularly apparent in the event of a crisis. In this respect, the inspection of sales and purchases and the traceability of the flow of goods within a reasonable period of time are essential aspects of quality assurance.