Hello everyone. I am new to IFSQN and food safety compliance. I hope I am posting my question in the right forum.
My company manufactures food grade minerals, along with regular technical grade mineral products (yes they are separate processes). We manufacture, bag and then ship our food grade product, but we rely primarily on distributors for the sale, warehousing and final transport to customers.
Some of our distributors with send us vendor self assessment forms from their customers. It has always been our "habit" of filling out the forms and sending them back. But as we get deeper in to FSMA questions, it has occurred to us that several of the questions, if in some cases the whole questionnaire, should be managed by the distributor. After all they are the supplier of record and own the product prior to sale to end users. We obviously comply with all US law on food safety for manufacturing, and would happily provide all documentation to support their needs.
So my question is, are there rules that govern the responsibility of documentation of food safety in a manufacturer-distributor relationship (specifically in the US) or is there a resource available that would help us determine how to handle these situations?