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.