Good morning, gang.
I'm working on an SQF system for a very small food production co-pack (5 employees). Focusing on our traceability and recall plans, I'm confident that all ingredients and finished product are fully traceable, but I'm worried about my ability to trace the reusable HDPE 5-gallon pails and 1-gallon jugs we use for food storage in-house. Would these kinds of materials be checked for traceability in an SQF audit? Finished product (i.e. bottled beverages, RTE food) is shipped in traceable packaging, but our inventory of storage containers and pails sent to clients for further processing before distribution is not currently traceable. I have a fear that we'll need to scrap all our packaging materials and start over from scratch (a prohibitive expense for us).
Much gratitude for any help or insight!