The Plant Systems Audit
(PSA) program provides an unbiased, third party audit of a processorís quality assurance system. The frequency and scope of the audits can be tailored to meet an applicantís needs. AMS audits are conducted during actual production. This voluntary, user fee auditing service is available upon request and can allow a firm to gain objective information about the supplier. Processors may also request these services to gain an objective assessment of their own operations.
During the audit
, AMS reviews a processorís Food Safety Controls, Quality Management Systems, Personnel Policies, Good Manufacturing Practices, Sanitation, Pest Control, Packaging/Labeling, Inventory Practices, Recall/Return programs, and Food Defense.
(1) the processor is performing all necessary procedures, inspections, and tests identified in their quality assurance program;
(3) the system includes corrective action in the event of a non-conformance or test failure; and
(4) corrective action is taken and documented.
A plant representative accompanies the AMS auditor during the audit, and areas of concern are brought to the representativeís attention. At the conclusion of the audit, AMS conducts an exit interview with plant management to discuss the audit findings. A detailed report is provided to the applicant along with a certificate that displays the rating of the audit.