As a food business you are in a good position to manage the risks associated with your own operation however normally you will need to buy raw materials from third parties that are not directly under your control. This might be a relatively small number for businesses such as dairies however there are some businesses with over 250 different raw materials on their books.
For every raw material you need to be confident that the supplier fully understands what makes their product/ process safe, legal and compliant with the standards expected. In addition you need to be confident that the supplier will be selling you what they say they are selling you.
It may not be possible to perform an annual audit on all raw materials from all suppliers and as such it is essential to have a risk assessed system in place to ensure that your efforts are focussed on the high risk materials and processes. Paul @ Alitus Solutions has over 10 years experience in developing raw material management systems and performing supplier audits on a wide variety of materials and processes throughout Europe.
If you would like support in the development of raw material management systems or would simply like to outsource supplier audits then please contact Alitus Technical Solutions where we will be happy to help.
If you need support in the development of these systems then please contact us at Alitus and we would be happy to discuss your requirements.
As with finished product specifications the raw material specification is key to delivering all of the above as well as providing a solid base for your own product specification. There is a huge amount of information required from the supplier in order that you can deliver your food safety and legal requirements.
It is therefore essential that the raw material specification is designed to collect this information as efficiently as possible, screening systems are robust in detecting deficiencies and information is refreshed and reviewed at an appropriate frequency. Again if support is required in the management of raw material systems then please contact us at Alitus and we would be happy to discuss your requirements.