We are looking into purchasing an ingredient from a new supplier, one that we ordered from a previous supplier for years. The processing aid apparently has a Biological Hazard (Salmonella) that they do not have a Preventative Control in place for. So now they are requiring us to sign not only a release to purchase it, but they want us to tell them OUR Preventative Control in place before they will allow us to purchase this item. The actually rejected our initial answer as not being strong enough.
Is this common in the industry and I just haven't encountered it, or is this some new way for companies to avoid putting proper controls in place, and try to pass the responsibility onto us? Ultimately it is my responsibility and I do have controls in place for this, but I'm just shocked that until I divulge some portions of my HACCP plan to a supplier that they will not sell me something.
Anyone else encountering this?