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JPO

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 06:13 PM

We distribute lots of food ingredients. 

 

Many of these items are produced by co-manufacturers or are re-labeled (custom contract labeled) products sold by the manufacturer under other brand names in other countries.

 

We are the exclusive distributor of some items, and not the exclusive distributor of other items.

 

All that being said, we tend to guard the names of the manufacturers of the items we distribute rather closely.

 

Recently, there have been lots and lots of requests from customers for certificates of analysis to be direct from the manufacturer only.  Do not put your letterhead on the COA.  Do not transcribe the COA. Send the COA from the original manufacturer (or 3rd party lab).

 

Did I miss something in FSMA saying all your lab reports need to be from the original manufacturer?  Is this some new GFSI clause that I am unaware of until now? 

 

Any insight?  HELP!!

 

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 07:50 PM

Hi JPO,

A couple of questions:

 

Your company just distributes the said products?

Are the products co-packed too?

 

IMO the COA's should have the letterhead of the company carrying out the analysis, so the manufacturing company/external lab should be on the COA unless you can provide a letter of guarantee too stating you take responsibility of the COA being correct and legal alongside that COA bearing your company's letterhead.

 

I'm on the other side of the spectrum and require our suppliers to provide us manufacturing site specific certificates(GFSI recognized scheme, Kosher/halal) or COA's even though as you mentioned, I have not seen it specifically mentioned in BRC. I could be wrong though.



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Posted 12 April 2016 - 07:52 PM

Something I found online but from IPEC: http://ipec-europe.o...-guide-2013.pdf



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Posted 12 April 2016 - 09:06 PM

Something I found online but from IPEC: http://ipec-europe.o...-guide-2013.pdf

 

 

Yep, found the same thing "best practice, COA from original manufacturer".

 

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