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safety-focused) based on CDC
and FDA guidelines
*	 Remote food safety consulting,
auditing and virtual training
In light of the coronavirus,
Cherkasky said, many retail
chains, large and small, have
shifted their focus from routine,
instore, third-party audits to other
approaches. Employee safety
and health concerns are critical,
and remote auditing is becoming
more and more the norm during
the coronavirus.
"Most third-party retail
audit firms have a 'check-box
mentality," Cherkasky said. "CFS
'training audits,' however, focus
on sustainable improvement,
while building a culture of
accountability. It's not acceptable
to have a repeat critical violation
on an audit report."

New technologies,
new services
St. Louis-based ASI LLC saw big
changes in 2019 and the first part
of 2020, enabling the company to

provide its commissary, supplier
and retail clients with even better
food safety audit and other
services, said Tyler Williams, vice
president of operations.
"The two main areas that we've
had our largest strides in are our
technology and our ever-growing
list of new services," he said.
On the technology side, ASI has
been working on harnessing
the power of both its audit and
training platforms, Williams said.
The company's auditing system
now gives it greater control over
the entire audit and corrective
action process, along with
excellent reporting capabilities.
Also new and improved for
2020 is ASI's training platform,
which has helped streamline both
internal and external training. The
company is also now able to offer
online, on-demand training to
the public.
ASI's other main focus has
been to grow its list of services
that it can provide to the industry.
PSSI helps its customers stay

"two steps ahead of their audits"
with its Real-Time Performance
Metrics (RPM) platform,
Lucas said.
"The data and corrective
actions recorded by our
team through the RPM
platform is exactly the type
of documentation regulators
are looking for to validate the
consistency and effectiveness
of each cleaning process,"
Lucas said.
The platform not only helps
streamline data tracking and
reporting needed from a
compliance standpoint, she
added. It also enables food safety
sanitors to proactively respond
to any changes or concerns
related to the sanitation process
in real-time, which in return will
set PSSI's customers up for audit
success.
PSSI's audits include but are
not limited to GMPS, foreign
material control, regulatory
compliance and verification of
documentation for all procedures

and policies in place, which is
crucial to supermarkets, said
Kent Bruns, the company's senior
director of food safety, north
division.
"The eight steps of sanitation
go into everything that audits
entail," he said. "Sanitation is
one of the cornerstones of food
safety. It starts with a clean plant."
PSSI helps its supplier partners
become audit-ready and achieve
SQF and BRC certification, which
the majority of companies
require for their audits, Bruns
said. PSSI does that through its
eight-step sanitation protocol.
Every PSSI auditor first examines
the plant with a visual inspection
to verify the sanitation process
is effective. The final step is
documentation, which provides
plant managers with the data
they need to be audit-ready.
PSSI also helps with SSOPS,
food safety sanitor training
guides, and pre-op measures,
Bruns added. The company
collectively gathers data for trend
analysis to identify any potential
food safety opportunities for
its plants.
"Our audit is internal," he said.
"Our customers don't use our
audits. They have their own
process. We provide our real-time
tracking tools and the eight steps
of sanitation to help provide them
with the tools and information to
prepare for their audits."
Generally, suppliers utilize
third party auditors to perform
required audits by supermarkets
such as SQF and BRC. Those
audits encompass the entire food
safety system, which includes
sanitation.

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PSSI's audits cover GMPS, foreign material control, regulatory compliance,
verification of documentation and other subjects essential to food safety.

Comprehensive Food Safety's
audits and inspections include
one-on-one training of its clients'
foodservice handlers, department
heads and staff, Cherkasky said.

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