We are a tree nut processing facility and currently having trouble figuring out how to manage allergens. Tree nuts are a major food allergen and all of our products contain tree nuts. Some products contain dried fruit as well. Some ways we try managing them is having separate utensils and mixing bowls for tree nuts and dried fruits but they still are processed into a single package. Tree nuts and dried fruit are also stored in segregated areas and they can never be stored together. We're currently working on an unintentional allergen policy from entering the facility. I've also read the Handbook for Safe Nut Processing but I'm still confused. So my questions are:
Because all our ingredients are tree nuts, do we treat them as one single allergen, or do we have to treat each ingredient as its own allergen profile?
Also, since we process tree nuts, do we have to have a stringent allergen management program?
Any advice and clarification would be great because SQF 2.8.1 is driving me nuts.