Conduct food safety audits

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver FDFAU4003A, 'Conduct food safety audits'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Define the scope of the audit

1.1. Audit scope is identified and defines the extent of the audit to meet legislative and audit client requirements

1.2. Audit criteria meet legislative and client requirements

1.3. The definition and levels of non-conformity and related reporting responsibilities are identified consistent with legislative requirements and client requirements

1.4. Evidence required to address audit scope and criteria is identified and appropriate collection methods are selected

1.5. Food safety management system documents are reviewed to determine adequacy for the purposes of the audit

2. Plan the audit

2.1. An audit plan is developed that includes definitions and levels of non-conformity to meet the audit scope

2.2. Activities and responsibilities for the audit are identified

2.3. Audit timing (as required by legislation and/or client) is identified, including timetable for each stage of the audit

2.4. Resource, personnel and reporting requirements are identified

2.5. Follow up and completion procedures are identified

2.6. Communication protocols are established to facilitate the effective exchange of information and suited to the auditee environment

3. Conduct the audit

3.1. Information on the audit scope and methodology is communicated in an effective and timely manner

3.2. Stages and activities of the audit process are followed

3.3. Methods used by the food business to carry out preliminary work, identify food safety hazards and assess level of risk are reviewed to confirm that they are appropriate and correctly applied

3.4. Evidence used by the food business to support identification of control measures and establish control limits is identified and evaluated to determine adequacy and relevance

3.5. Methods used by the food business to control hazards and determine corrective action where processes are identified as not meeting targets or critical limits are reviewed to confirm they are adequate, effective and appropriate

3.6. Evidence is collected to confirm that the documented food safety policies and procedures are working effectively, reflect actual practice and are consistently applied

4. Manage the audit process

4.1. Audit progress is monitored against the audit plan and any variation to plan is identified and addressed

4.2. Circumstances requiring the audit plan to be adjusted are identified and negotiated in a timely manner

4.3. Audits address audit scope and are conducted within time and resource constraints to meet quality and professional standards

4.4. The audit process is reviewed to identify opportunities for improvement

5. Consolidate audit outcomes

5.1. Evidence is analysed and assessed to identify any areas of non-compliance with legislation and/or client requirements as appropriate to the audit scope

5.2. Non-conformities are identified and classified as agreed by the audit plan

5.3. Non-conformities are reported in accordance with agreed client and/or legislative requirements

5.4. Audit findings are communicated to the auditee

5.5. Audit reports and/or certificates are prepared and submitted or presented as required to meet regulatory and client requirements

5.6. Corrective actions proposed by the auditee in response to non-conformances are reviewed for compliance with the template or food safety program

5.7. Audit findings are reviewed to confirm that evidence is appropriate and sufficient and findings are accurate

5.8. The food safety management system is reviewed to identify areas of potential improvement of the system according to audit scope

6. Confirm and close out corrective actions

6.1. Implementation and effectiveness of corrective actions are monitored and verified and any variation to the food safety plan is identified and addressed

6.2. Audit records are maintained to record corrective actions

Qualifications and Skillsets

FDFAU4003A appears in the following qualifications:

  • MTM40311 - Certificate IV in Meat Processing (Quality Assurance)
  • MTM40411 - Certificate IV in Meat Processing (General)
  • MTM40211 - Certificate IV in Meat Processing (Meat Safety)
  • FDF40110 - Certificate IV in Food Processing