Auditors are a crucial component of Chicken Farmers of Canada’s On-Farm Food Safety Assurance and Animal Care programs. Chicken Farmers of Canada’s auditors are qualified individuals who perform annual audits of the On-Farm Food Safety Assurance and Animal Care programs by evaluating producers’ implementation of both programs’ requirements.
To be considered for the role of auditor, individuals must meet one of the following combinations of education and experience:
- Two years post-secondary education in agriculture with two years experience in the agricultural industry
- Two years post-secondary education, not in agriculture, with three years experience in the agricultural industry
- No post-secondary education with five years experience in the agricultural industry
Once selected, potential auditors need to complete the required training:
- Successfully complete 1) HACCP training course, and 2) an external auditor training course
- HACCP is short for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points. It is a systematic and internationally recognized approach to food safety.
- Successfully complete the Chicken Farmers of Canada Chicken-Specific Auditor Training Course
- This is a two-day, in person course providing participants with full knowledge of the requirements of the OFFSAP and ACP manuals, the ability to properly use audit checklists and reports, and the ability to successfully complete all steps of an audit
- The minimum accepted passing grade is 80%
Potential auditors must complete witness audits within four months of completing the Chicken-Specific Auditor Training Course. Witness audits are a way to assess an auditor’s capabilities and provide an opportunity for on-going training and education.
Witness auditors are qualified and experienced individuals who observe another auditor and record their observations. The witness auditor then writes a report and discusses the auditor’s interpretation of records and events, consistency with the program requirements, and highlights strong points and opportunities for improvement.
Once qualified, auditors are required to participate in continuing education. Auditors attend Chicken Farmers of Canada’s annual auditor training course and undergo witness audits on a regular basis.