Thank you so much Tony-C for your comments. It has been of great help.
In response to your question the final product that this big company is sending us is a different from the ones we manufacture.
I was re- reading my original message and I think I missed a detail that could make a difference. The business group (= big company) my company belongs to is an IFS certified company with high level of comformity.
I think the easiest and sensible way to deal with this issue is to consider the IFS certified big company as a supplier and then
- In case the IFS certified company is sending us final product ready to be bottled I will ask for the IFS certification and an agreement about the specifications
- In case the IFS certified company is sending us packaging material from its approved suppliers I will automatically consider those suppliers as approved suppliers for our factory
But now the tricky issue comes with other clients who are sending us packaging material just and only to be used for their private label final products. My question is how to deal with this new situation. I was thinking in three scenarios
- Does it make sense to leave out of our future IFS certification all those private label final products when the packaging material are supplied by a non IFS certified client? Is it possible under IFS certification conditions any way?
- Shall I ask the client to allow us to contact directly with his supplier and treat such supplier as a supplier chosen by us
- Shall both ( the client and us) sign an agreement by which any future food safety or quality problem related to the packaging material is under the responsibility of the client?
Any one familiar with this situation?