Suppliers receive a lot of requests from their customers to complete supplier audit questionnaires and in turn spend many hours completing them. The process can appear to be never-ending as you, the manufacturer, can send out 30 Supplier Audit questionnaires, and only 3 completed are returned, leaving it to you to chase up the remaining 27 questionnaires.
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.
I read the story in Food and Drink Europe about some of the Delegates at the International Congress of Nutrition protesting at the presence of the big multinational manufacturers of…
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"
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If you do not know what is in the raw material or understand the supply chain for that raw material you may be unable to ‘risk assess’ that supply chain.
Catch the problem suppliers at the start and do not let them into your supply chain
No one likes being asked to provide information that they feel is not necessary or not relevant to them
Or a roadmap to how you can improve food safety for your business and contribute to more prosperous communities in third world countries.
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