As an industry we are a major contributor of taxes and employment to the UK economy, in return our various government agencies, and I am not bothered who, should be collating this data from around the world, and making it available free of charge to the food industry who can then use their specification management systems and supplier approval management systems to filter what issues may be a food safety risk in their business.
Many food businesses have a single supplier self audit questionnaire format for all suppliers and often a single format for specifications. This means that a lot of suppliers are being asked for information that is not relevant.
We recommended using supplier audit questionnaires and specifications that are specific to the type of raw materials being supplied and in as many formats as reasonable, i.e. meat, dairy, ingredient, contact packaging, non-contact packaging, for example.
This allows detailed information to be requested by ingredient type and encourages greater co-operation when suppliers recognise you are asking for data that is relevant.