Just a warning call to people out there. In the last 3 months we've had an increasing number of auditors who have suddenly pulled their finger out and are demanding far more. Two I'd pick out would be:
BRC - we had 0 non conformances 2 years ago, the audit was a joke. Not this year.
M&S - the split to integrity and food safety audits has given auditors more time on the food safety audit. Expect a VERY detailed audit. Hands and knees with a torch job and to the letter of the COPs no wriggle room at all. No "we've chosen a different way which is just as effective."
If you supply just about everyone as I do this makes things a bit of a nightmare but forewarned is forearmed.
Is anyone else finding auditors have taken their vitamins this morning?
Also interested in peoples views on whether it improves standards... We had a top rating from an unannounced audit on one site to have a mediocre rating from a different auditor the next week. Were any of the issues raised by the second auditor valid? Yes, some. Were we making unsafe food? No, not at all. Just missing some "t"s being crossed, "i"s dotted etc.