Changes to Costco Food Safety Audit - Platinum Pest Control

Changes to Costco Food Safety Audit

March 4, 2024

Costco has announced major changes to their food safety audit expectations for all sites starting April 1, 2023.  You might be wondering how these changes impact your upcoming Costco audit?


Platinum Pest Control understands inspections and audits go beyond GFSI, FDA and USDA.

Supplemental audits or customer required audits such as social compliance and Costco also look at integrated pest management as part of the auditing scope.

All Platinum Pest Control customers can have piece of mind, knowing that when their technicians come in to perform service, they’re also trained with the knowledge of internal auditors!

Platinum Pest control technicians are given food safety training on a monthly basis, this ensures when they are in your facilities, they are looking at not only the pest management, but also the eight points of sanitation aspects of a facility. Platinum pest control technicians will alert all authorized personnel, and issue written documentation of all findings, and offer solutions to correct the deficiency immediately!

We support you from start, during and finish of the entire process, with the full objective of prevention, monitoring and control!


Platinum’s food safety experts, have reviewed the entire standard requirements and have identified  key changes to Costco Food Safety Audit expectations and we have summarized them below.


  1. All Costco Food Safety Audits are moving to unannounced except:
    • Small supplier audits will still be announced.
    • If a Certification Program Owner (CPO), such as a GFSI-recognized scheme including SQF, BRCGS, PrimusGFS, FSSC 22000 etc… requires an announced certification audit.
  2. Costco expects at least 60 days of production records or an automatic failure will be given.
  3. The name of the Costco audit is changing from “Costco GMP” to “Costco Food Safety Audit”.
  4. It is preferred for you to be running Costco production during your audit or at least a similar item with similar HACCP plans or Preventive Controls plans.
  5. You must notify Costco of a failed audit and suspended, canceled, or withdrawn certifications.
  6. If you have a recall you must notify Costco within 24 hours.
  7. Costco requires a documented allergen control program. Platinum Pest Control offers a free risk assessment template on our site provided by Kellerman Consulting.
  8. Each facility must have a written and validated sanitation program for food contact surfaces. Platinum Pest Control offers free training videos on our site provided by Kellerman Consulting.
  9. Items imported into the U.S. must have a Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) letter from Costco.
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