Third-Party Audits

Third-party audits verify your plant’s compliance with current regulations and industry practices through program reviews and on-site observations. Our third-party audits employ a combination of food safety principles, regulatory guidelines, and industry best practices to provide an objective overview of your program.

Available Safety and Quality Audits

  • Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Audit
  • Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) Audit
  • Distribution Centers (DC) Audit
  • Food Safety Management Systems Audit
  • CDFA Prop 12 Distributor Compliance
  • Pet Food and Animal Feed Audit
  • Packaging Audit
  • Dietary Supplements Audit
  • Costco Audit

Our Expertise in Third-Party Audits

Our diverse team of auditors, with over 15 years of food manufacturing experience, undergoes rigorous training and audit processes. Our support staff is trained on internal policies, procedures, and customer service to ensure smooth audits and achievement of our KPIs.


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Additional Audits We Offer

Animal Welfare

Mérieux NutriSciences Certification offers animal welfare audits for poultry and red meat growing and harvesting facilities. Our animal welfare auditors are trained and certified by PAACO (Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization) and have experience in the primary production food sector category.

Customized Audit Programs

The Mérieux NutriSciences Certification audit management team can help develop a customized audit program to meet your needs. Many sites have chosen to use our audit team to conduct customized audits that target key pain points that an organization may have. The audits can be customized to focus on critical areas or compliance with product specification requirements. Many organizations will use a customized audit program for their high-risk suppliers.

Distribution Center

The Distribution Center Food Safety audit tool has been specifically designed to meet the needs of organizations specializing in storing and distributing food and packaging materials. The audit includes reviewing food safety-related programs, a physical inspection of the premises and equipment, and observing good distribution practices.

GAP Assessments

Our experts offer gap assessment audits to help a site learn about the auditing process. The gap assessment can be conducted against any currently offered audit and will help the audited site understand the audit process. It is a good practice tool to prepare for the actual audit. The gap assessment does not include consultation or assistance with managing corrective actions.

CDFA Prop 12 Distributor Compliance

California Code of Regulations requires businesses that are selling or distributing shell eggs, liquid eggs, whole veal meat, and whole pork meat (covered product) to end-users in California shall register with CDFA. We are an Accredited Certifying Agent that can offer an on-site inspection/compliance visit required to meet the CDFA Prop 12 requirements for distributors.

GMP and Food Safety Systems

The Good Manufacturing and Food Safety Systems audit is a comprehensive tool that includes program review, record review, and physical inspection of the facility. The audit can be used to meet customers’ needs and is based on regulations and industry best practices.

GMP Implementation

The Implementation of Good Manufacturing Practices and Food Safety Systems audit has been specifically designed to ensure that good manufacturing practices and pre-requisite programs are fully implemented throughout the facility. The audit is designed with a focus on physical observations, and the auditor will spend approximately 50% of the audit inspecting the facility and equipment and observing employee practices. This audit can also be customized to include sanitation and multiple production shifts.

Gluten-Free Verification Audits

The Gluten-Free Verification Audit has been designed to ensure that a site has implemented proper programs and procedures to support Gluten-Free label claims. The audit can be used to verify compliance and help assure that the gluten-free labeling claims are being met.

Identity-Preserved Verification

The identity-preserved verification audits have been designed to focus on implementing programs and procedures to ensure the identity-preserved status of the finished product. This audit can be used to verify that you are following the procedures necessary to support identity-preserved label claims. 


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