Dealing with supplier audit questionnaires (SSAQ’s) is a time consuming and tedious task but due to its importance in improving traceability and food safety, it cannot be avoided. I am sure many of us are aware of the process involved in the sending out of supplier self audit questionnaires, you send them all out but only a few are received back in a reasonable time.
Why are there suppliers who have not provided the necessary information after months of chasing. * Do they not have the information? * Have they got something to hide? * Are they under resourced in their technical department? * Do they not have a technical department? * Do they not know the source of the ingredient supplied? Based on these reasons, how many of these suppliers can be classed as "low risk"
The Food Standards Agency has received a communication from the EU Commission regarding the potential radioactive contamination of food and feed from Japan. The Commission are recommending that Member States monitor feed and food of plant or animal origin (mainly fishery products) imported from today from Japan for radioactivity.
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45% of sites supplying ingredients do not have BRC or a GFSI recognised food safety certification
It is easy to outline best practice, but sadly we live in the real world where many barriers exist to unseat us. These include: