Long time lurker, first post. My facility is a medium sized flavor ingredients and beverage manufacturer. We are currently SQF Manufacturing Code certified and are looking to obtain SQF Quality Code certification.
Manufacturing Code 126.96.36.199 states: “Finished product is traceable to the customer (one up) and provides traceability through the process to the manufacturing supplier and date of receipt of raw materials, food contact packaging and materials and other inputs (one back);”
Looking at Quality Code 188.8.131.52 it says: “All raw materials, ingredients, and packaging materials used in manufacturing a finished product, and processing aids associated with the product, shall be identified with the finished product lot number and traceable back to the supplier (one back).”
The only deficiency my facility has for this point is that non-food contact packaging is not traceable. For example, we produce beverage concentrates that get packed into a bag, which is traceable, and that bag gets packed into a box, which is not traceable.
Do we need to make non-food contact packaging traceable for Quality Code compliance? If so, what are the implications for other packaging materials like tape and printed labels, etc.? I read the guidance and I am still unsure about this.
Thank you in advance for your help!