I have been doing a lot of work with regards to ensuring we have justification and evidence to make the claim GM free, whilst doing my research it spider webbed into the realm of questionnaires and got me asking more questions...
The BRC guide V6 states that (my interpretation) suppliers of raw materials and packaging & Distribution must be approved by which part of this includes must be certified to recognized standard by where this is not the case a service agreement would be drafted to meet several points from the standard to which would need to be verified or audited etc.
So does this approval of suppliers branch out to general consumables and contracted services such as ARCO who supply all manor of safety equipment or say landscape gardener for out site maintenance?
the way i interpret the standard is that for raw materials, packaging and storage/ distribution i would need a questionnaire to be used to assess on risk the supplier. but where the other suppliers are concerned the assessment should be based on not necessarily a questionnaire but more the case a service agreement coupled with registration to the appropriate governing bodies if applicable.#
In any case im thinking that due to size of business i will create one approved supplier list that covers all food related issues as well as contracted services including office supplies which will include all data such as approved status, expiry of certifications where relevant and dates for review / submission of questionnaires.
What do you kind people think?
And on the subject of GM free, providing that all our suppliers are not using GM variants of ingredients this would be justification enough coupled with an annual test of finished product? using PCR test perhaps? (products made = dry noodle, some color and some egg but otherwise nothing too complex.)