You should do your very best to prevent cross contamination with allergens.
Just depending on the "may contain'-statement is not correct.
To minimise the cross contamination risk e.g. by using dedicated scopes is documented in the requirements of the standard, is legal requirement and should follow from your risk assessment.
5.2 (fundamental) The company shall have a developed system for the management of allergenic materials which minimises the risk of allergen contamination of products and meets legal requirements for labelling.
5.2.3: A documented risk assessment shall be carried out to identify routes of contamination and establish documented policies and procedures for handling raw materials, intermediate and finished products to ensure cross-contamination is avoided. This shall include:
- consideration of the physical state of the allergenic material, i.e. powder, liquid, particulate
- identification of potential points of cross-contamination through the process flow
- assessment of the risk of allergen cross-contamination at each process step
- identification of suitable controls to reduce or eliminate the risk of cross-contamination.
5.2.4: Documented procedures shall be established to ensure the effective management of allergenic materials to prevent cross-contamination into products not containing the allergen. This shall include as appropriate:
- use of identified, dedicated equipment and utensils for processing
Edited by Madam A. D-tor, 01 November 2013 - 12:01 PM.