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FLEXO Magazine : August 2013
eachentrygetsyouonestepclosertowinninganapple®ipad®mini! ExcEllEncE in FlExography awards: call For EntriEs hey there, you brilliant flexographer. that’s right, brilliant. don’t be coy. we see the genius of your work all year long and now it’s time to submit it into the industry’s most prestigious awards competition, f ta’s excellence in flexography awards. and for every entry you submit, the better your odds are of winning an ipad mini. giveaway ends sept. 13. www.flexography.org/excellence iPad is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. FLEXO: If your plant/company is SQF certified, do all of your suppliers also have to be SQF certified? CICERO: No. SQF requires that your company have a “supplier approval” program in place which successfully on-boards and continuously monitors your supplier performance. One of your approval parameters may be that they are GFSI certified, but that is not an SQF requirement at this time. FLEXO: Does GFSI require the entire supply chain to be GFSI certified before a company can be certified? If not, why? CICERO: It is not a GFSI requirement; it is what the customer wants. GFSI provides consistent standards in which companies can develop a food safety management system. One of the goals of GFSI is: “One audit, accepted by everyone.” A ll issues regarding sup- plier accountability, traceability etc. is covered in the SQF audit “supplier approval” portion. FLEXO: How does GMP or GFSI com- pare to ISO? RIDDELL: GFSI focuses on food safety, while GMP and ISO both attempt to outline a method by which you can guarantee the exacting execution of providing a service or product with 100 percent quality and safety. Guidelines differ in words but all require, “Do what you say and say what you do.” Trace- ability, housekeeping, quality standards, common sense activities and safety are within each requirement and ultimately serve the same objective. GFSI is more comprehensive in food safety over GMP and ISO requirements. Currently, GFSI represents the ultimate in food safety compliance. www.flexography.org august 2013 FLEXO 29 © 2013 HARPER