Food Safety Systems Glossary of Terms

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There are currently 3 terms in this directory beginning with the letter N.
Stands for “not applicable” and maybe reported during an audit by the auditor when an element does not apply at the time.

1. Non-fulfillment of a requirement.

2. The non-fulfillment of a specified product safety, legal or quality requirement or a specified system requirement

Non-Conformity – Certification Audit Categories
A minor non-conformity is an omission or deficiency in the site’s food safety management system that produces unsatisfactory conditions that if not addressed may lead to a risk to food safety.

A major non-conformity is an omission or deficiency in the site’s food safety management system producing unsatisfactory conditions that carry a food safety and/or quality risk.

A critical non-conformity is a breakdown in the site’s food safety management system that is judged likely to cause a significant public health risk and/or where the product is contaminated.




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