Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2): Extension of all QS eligibilities of delivery
Due to the current spread of the coronavirus, the eligibility of delivery of all QS certified locations will be extended by two months. According to the extended QS eligibility of delivery, necessary QS audits can be postponed to a later date.
Spread of the coronavirus makes it necessary to dispense with QS audits
Due to the progressive spread of the coronavirus (Sars-CoV-2), QS urgently recommends its system partners to refrain from carrying out all QS audits within the next two months. Prior to this, QS had already pointed out to all partners in the QS network the possibility of postponing upcoming audit dates after consultation with the respective certification body.
Coronavirus (Sars-CoV-2) - recognition for deliveries to external systems remains
In view of the current spread of the coronavirus (Sars-CoV-2), QS has already pointed out that upcoming audit dates can be postponed at the discretion and after consultation with the respective certification body. This regulation also applies to the annual audits that must be carried out for recognition in an external system.
Supporting document on listeria prevention: QS publishes revised version
Together with experts from industry and science, QS has developed a supporting document for slaughterhouses, deboning- and processing-plants to determine the risk of Listeria monocytogenes occurrence and reduce it if necessary. The supporting document shows how the risk of Listeria can be assessed in a systematic self-assessment based on the products, processes and structural conditions.
February 2020 - Overview of new QS scheme participants
Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by independent certification bodies.
EU sets binding MRL for chlorate
In mid-February 2020, the Standing Committee on Pesticide Residues (SCoPAFF) approved the EU draft regulation (SANTE 10684/2015, Rev.9) setting specific maximum residue levels (MRLs) for chlorate by qualified majority. This provides binding MRL for chlorate in various products and product groups in accordance with Regulation (EC) No. 396/2005.
QS feed monitoring: Interactive world map updated
The interactive world map on the QS homepage for QS feed monitoring has been expanded to include the latest analysis results (period 07/2019 - 12/2019). It now includes analysis results for more than 25 product groups from 60 countries of origin. In addition to a detailed overview of raw material qualities in international trade, the interactive world map also offers the possibility to compare the data with the analysis results of own feeds.
QS-Database: New system enables verification of the delivery authorization in case of maintenance
To enable QS scheme participants to check the eligibility of delivery of their customers at any time, QS has set up a so-called
back-up system in the QS Database. In the case that the QS-Database is not accessible - e.g. in the course of maintenance periods - QS scheme participants can use the back-up system to check the delivery authorization.
Fruit Logistica 2020 - QS in dialogue with the sector
This year QS welcomed visitors to the Fruit Logistica, which took place in Berlin from 5 to 7 February, at a larger and newly designed booth.
We discussed the current topics of the fruit and vegetable industry, but of course we also talked about the correct and practical approach to quality assurance, said QS Managing Director Dr. Hermann-Josef Nienhoff in an interview, summarising QS' presence at this year's most important trade fair for the fresh fruit and vegetable trade.
Revision of the additional control plan for Aflatoxin B1 – Changed risk classification for the Czech Republic
With effect from February 10, 2020 QS has revised the additional control plan for aflatoxin B1. The revised version of the additional control plan contains a new risk assessment for the Czech Republic.