We have a new product development that is almost approved. However, when paper works were forwarded to me, I found out that one raw material has a "May contain sesame seed" statement in the specification.
We do not have sesame seeds in any of our product, raw materials, packaging and in storage. This will be an introduction of a possible new allergen in the facility.
I called the manufacturer to inquire the risk of contamination of sesame seeds, I was informed that they produced products with sesame seeds on the same line, however, they have allergen management procedure to ensure no cross-contact of allergens. And the products with sesame seed allergen is not run as frequent on their line and they can manage through production scheduling and cleaning.
How do you guys handle this may contain presence of an allergen in your raw material? Do you declare this in your product just so there is precautionary statement to consumers? or a risk assessment is acceptable for us to go away with declaring the sesame seed as may contain in our product?
Appreciate an idea on how to go about this.