Just started working at a new food manufacturing plant. Loving the experience so far. We are reviewing our supplier approval program. We have a group of suppliers who would essentially be described as "distributors''. They (distributors) buy from a manufacturing plant and then sell to us. e.g a company buys sugar from a manufacturing plant and then sells the sugar to us for our processing operations.
In the supplier Approval Program, how should we go about this issue? Should we require these suppliers to avail us with documents indicating that the manufacturing plants from which they source these materials are either certified (GFSI bench mark) or have a food safety and quality system in place? Anyone kind enough to share a template of their Supplier approval checklist, please?
Thank you for your help.