Supplier approval programs are an effective way to ensure that the ingredients you use in your operation meet accepted food safety standards. Setting up an approval program may seem complicated, but these guidance documents will walk you through the process one step at a time, addressing both the how and why of this important part of your operation’s food safety culture.
This guidance document series includes the following topics:
Part 1 – What is a Supplier Approval Program?
Learn why buying from reputable suppliers is crucial to food safety and how to identify suppliers versus distributors.
Part 2 – How to Assess Ingredient Risk
Templates and decision trees help you identify high-risk ingredients, which in turn, will help you identify suppliers that should be more stringently approved and monitored.
Part 3 – What is the Approval Process?
Learn how to develop a supplier pre-approval questionnaire, what documents you need from suppliers, and how to document which suppliers meet approval criteria.
Part 4 – How to Monitor Supplier Performance
Approval is the first step, not the last. Learn how to monitor supplier performance through sampling, testing, and corrective action. Customer complaints and regulatory notifications are also discussed.
Part 5 – Implementing the Process
Now that you have a process established, learn how to train your employees to properly implement the program into your operation.