im having a hard time assessing the control measure for allergen hazard.
im christian r&d from the philippines
our plant is FSSC CERTIFIED, currently our control measure for cross contact from an allergen materal (coconut) is only "precautionary labeling" which is our OPRP also. this was accepted during initial to 2nd surveillance audit. the problem is, during the FSSC 3rd and last surveillance audit there is obviously a new set of auditor, and this time they asked for a validation of Precautionary labeling. it is given because as required by the standard, (pls correct me if im wrong) ccp and oprp shall have validation.
problem is as of now our plant cannot afford to purchase swab kits which costs 4,500 US Dollars as quoted by a potential supplier. thus I just wanted to ask if there are other ways to validate the said OPRP and how. this finding/non conformance is still open and needs to be closed as soon as possible.
suggestions/recommendations will be highly appreciated. thank you.