Ensuring Food Safety Compliance for Costco Suppliers
Meet the Costco Standard
Manufacturers, distributors, packagers, and/or labelers of consumable products or food contact packaging materials supplying to Costco Wholesale Corporation are subject to Costco’s Food Safety Expectations and audit requirements.
What are the Requirements?
Costco requires suppliers to complete:
A Food Safety Costco GMP audit; or,
A Costco Addendum performed in conjunction with a GFSI audit.
This includes having in place policies in place that address:
Supplier Approval Program
Foreign Material Control
Personnel Hygiene controls
Region Specific Requirements
USA – Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP)
Canada – Safe Food for Canadians Regulations
Costco GMP Audits
Third-party GMP audits are required by Costco in order to meet Costco’s Food Safety Expectations. A Costco-approved Certification Body must perform these audits.
The Costco addendum is an additional set of requirements provided by Costco that are built onto the GFSI requirements of individual programs. These audits are performed simultaneously with the GFSI requirements to ensure that all Costco expectations are met. A Costco-approved Certification Body must perform these audits.
Suppliers are required to complete an annual third-party GFSI audit by a Costco-approved Certification Body.
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