Suppliers have compalined about the excessive burden of retailer hygiene audits

Reduce burden of hygiene audits

By Michelle Perrett

The burden of excessive retailer hygiene audits of their food and drink suppliers needs to be reduced, argues the head of the Provision Trade Federation (PTF).

Pyramid auditing can lead to 'another pointless, non-risk based audit': PTF

Pyramid auditing 'adds to manufacturers' costs'

By Michael Stones

Pyramid or cascade auditing – the practice of using third parties to conduct audits of food manufacturing premises – can result in needless expense, add to red tape and risks compromising the intellectual property (IP) of some businesses, warns the Provision...

The number of multiple audits suppliers experience could be reduced with the latest update to the BRC Global Standards Directory

BRC Global Standards update will cut multiple audits

By Rick Pendrous

Food manufacturers should be able to reduce the number of multiple retail food hygiene audits they are subjected to, with the updated British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standards Directory published yesterday (August 13).

Beat the ESOS bottleneck and a £45,000 penalty: Inenco

£45k penalty for ESOS scheme non compliance

By Michael Stones

Large food and drink manufacturing businesses that fail to complete a mandatory energy could face a penalty of £45,000 by next February, according to a recent seminar on the government’s Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).

Tesco is under investigation by the Serious Fraud office, the GCA and the FRC

Financial watchdog focuses on supplier relations

By Rick Pendrous

The complex relationships between retailers and their suppliers is to be investigated by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) over the coming year, it was announced in its 11th annual report published today (May 29).

'The UK supply chain system was audited to death': Prof Chris Elliott

Retailers step up unannounced audits to fight fraud

By Rod Addy

Supermarkets are shifting to unannounced audits of suppliers in efforts to make their supply chains watertight in the wake of the horsemeat scandal, according to professor Chris Elliott.

Tacon: 'We will look at the results in more detail'

Suppliers slate retailers for shifting supply terms

By Rod Addy

Grocery suppliers highlighted retailers altering agreement terms as their top complaint under the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP), according to survey findings published a year after its launch.

Standard audits are unlikely to detect fraud, said the British Retail Consortium

BRC audit not designed to pick up food fraud

By Rick Pendrous

Conventional third-party hygiene audits of suppliers are unlikely to pick up examples of food fraud – such as the horsemeat incidents exposed earlier this year – a leading audit scheme owner has said.

BRC clamps down on competence

BRC clamps down on competence

By Rick Pendrous

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is increasing its focus on the competence of certification bodies (CBs) as it moves to introduce the sixth edition of its Global Standard for Food Safety, which was published in July and comes into force next January.

Retailers may spring surprise audits on suppliers

Retailers may spring surprise audits on suppliers

By Freddie Dawson and Ben Bouckley

Version 6 of the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard for Food Safety could lead to more unannounced audits being forced on manufacturers, according to a third-party certification body.


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