SQFI Now Includes Unannounced Audits in SQF Code Being Implemented This Month

New Food Quality Regulations

New Safe Quality Food Program Regulations

In February 2014, The Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI) announced that new Safe Quality Food Program (SQF) regulations will be rolled out in July 2014 that impact current audit protocols. These regulations are set to take effect soon and it is important to understand how they will affect quality control in the food industry.

A major part of these new regulations is the incorporation of an unannounced audit protocol, putting pressure on organizations to be audit-ready at any time. This development will make SQF the “first internationally accredited third-party assessment program to require unannounced audits,” and will be made possible by a partnership with its Technical Advisory Council. SQFI Senior Vice President Robert Garfield issued a statement explaining the reasoning behind the new regulations; “We made the decision to enhance the rigor of the SQFI program after consulting with numerous stakeholders. We understand that the food industry must respond to and meet the nation’s food safety challenges more rapidly and effectively, which require a more nimble approach to our program.”

While the new audit protocol may seem daunting to those in the food industry, only one out of three annual audits will be unannounced. This is an effort to raise the condition and productivity of food and beverage producers, who the public depends on for the highest safety and quality standards in food.

As technology, trends, and demand shift within the food industry so do the quality standards and regulations that must be met. PQ System is here to provide customers with the tools they need to make sure these regulations are met through our quality control software and training programs. We look forward to seeing how industry output, quality, and safety is improved from these new programs.

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Quality quiz (July 2014): This month’s quiz from Professor Cleary—and June’s quiz winners!

Mike ClearyWinners of last month’s quiz and a copy of Quality Gamebox are Greg Yeager (Defiance Stamping); David Martin (Katayama American Co. Inc.); Bridget Hurley (Kaiser Permanente); and Jaap van der Wiel (AkzoNobel Car Refinishes). Congratulations! For this month’s quiz, and a chance to win a copy of Quality Gamebox, submit your response by July 25.

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Data in everyday life: World Snake Day

This month, the U.S. celebrates Independence Day—not a holiday for our British friends, to be sure. One holiday that is celebrated universally, apparently, is World Snake Day (July 16). While Australia has a reputation for its poisonous snakes, it has surprisingly few fatalities, compared to other places with fewer venomous varieties. What country has the greatest number of fatal snake bites? Mexico? The Amazon? Africa? This CHARTrunner chart tells the story.

Source: http://animals.pawnation.com/

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Impact of ISO standards felt around the world

Barb ClearyWhen a group of 65 delegates from 25 countries met in London after World War II, little did they know that they were taking the first step toward what would become the “end of technology nationalism,” nor would they anticipate the global markets that now demand standard expectations and uniformity in measurements as well as other aspects of management.

The group, known as the International Organization for Standards, met in 1947 to discuss the future of standardization throughout the world. Today, ISO provides guidelines that include standards for manufacturing, transportation, agriculture, health and safety, quality management, and technology.

The first ISO standard was published in 1951, and was known as ISO/R1:1951, “Standard reference temperature for industrial length measurements.” This standard has evolved now to “ISO 1:2002 Geometrical Product Specifications (GPS) – Standard reference temperature for geometrical product specification.” In 1960, ISO published the standard ISO 31 on quantities and units (which has since been replaced by ISO 80 000). ISO 31 is based on SI (Système international d’unités). The SI sets out one unit for each quantity–for example, the metre for distance and the second for time. The objective of the SI system is to reach world-wide uniformity in units of measurement. 1

ISO published its first quality management standards, known as the ISO 9000, family a few years later, and these have become among the best known and best selling standards.

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Bytes and pieces: News you can use

Product recall information: To check on current recall notices or search by product recalls (listed by month), see this site.

Avoiding “project creep:” How to keep assets pulled from one project from being pulled to support the success of a second project, and then a third, and so on.

Baldrige or ISO: Beginning with the ISO standard may lead to success with Baldrige criteria as well, as Ron Schulingkamp explains in this Quality Digest article.

Competency models: Developing skills and knowledge for high-performance teams is supported by these structured systems that address the skills gap that companies may face.

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PQ Systems Celebrates Our 30th Anniversary!

PQ Systems friends & family enjoy our 30th anniversary picnic

PQ Systems friends & family enjoy our 30th anniversary picnic

For over three decades, PQ Systems has been a company dedicated to providing our customers with quality control software and training to help those in the manufacturing, healthcare, government and service industries.

To celebrate our company’s 30th anniversary, we held a picnic at the Magic Castle in Dayton on Friday, June 6th. Employees, family, and friends celebrated with a barbeque lunch and various activities. Fun was had by all and it proved to be a joyous occasion for our entire company.

PQ Systems has evolved significantly since our inception in 1984. We continue to offer software solutions for statistical process control, gage calibration and management, and quality systems, and are always looking for ways to improve our product lines.

In addition to our software solutions, we also host public and in-house trainings to ensure that each product is being used to its full potential. We have the ability to accommodate our customers’ growing needs and can bring the training to you with webinars and seminar-style sessions.

Over the years, our company has also grown substantially to reach a global audience. While our headquarters are in Dayton, Ohio, we have regional offices in the United Kingdom and Australia. Our distributors are located in various areas throughout the world such as Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia. Because we are a company with a strong global reach, we are prepared to meet our customers’ various needs as technology and software solutions evolve. We look forward to the next 30 years as your trusted partner in quality!

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