Verify Suppliers

Even after you have considered a supplier and approved their procedures for controlling hazards, you need to verify that the control is working.  There are several ways to verify and ensure that the supplier is controlling a hazard, including visiting the supplier facility to review the food safety practices of the organization. You may require the supplier to sample and test their product to show the hazard is under control, or you may conduct testing at your processing facility. Records such as the supplier’s food safety plan can be reviewed.

In the aflatoxin example the supplier is responsible for testing raw peanuts for aflatoxin and producing a certificate of analysis.

Here’s how you would document that you verified the supplier is controlling for the hazard of aflatoxin.

*Varies depending on country regulation

Here’s how you would document that you verified the supplier is controlling for the hazard of foreign material.

Remember if the receiving company has their own process to remove foreign material from incoming raw peanuts, then that is a process control, not a supplier control.