How to be Audit Ready

By Baharak Chegeni

Being “audit ready” is a hot topic in the food safety industry, as any expert would agree that audits are a critical component to a food safety plan. As those who work in the industry know, there are a variety of audits — from GFSI (third party standards), to regulatory audits, customer and internal audits — but they all have one thing in common: Ensuring a consistent, safe and legal process to produce food to the consumer. The bigger question is what does audit readiness really mean?

When we talk about audit readiness, we are talking about making sure that a company and its staff are in the best possible position to go through any audit at any time.

There are many articles advising how to proactively implement an ongoing, comprehensive food safety program. As an experienced QA lead, the main focus needs to be on enhancing the safety culture. Here are 4 steps to be audit ready:

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