So I need some thoughts on this:
Backstory, I've been at my current position for a short time now, we are a dry manufacture dealing with: Wheat, Egg, Soy and Milk allergens
We have a validated cleaning step, that we use post allergen runs, that involves cleaning our equipment with an abrasive and doing a through dry wipe down of equipment between allergen and non allergen products.
Our methods have been validated previously with ELISA testing, so obviously we continue doing them.
When I inquired about the verification step, I was told it was solely visual. So I've suggested, and we have plans to implement Pro-Clean verification swabs for the general protein. We don't have to use this step often because most of the products contain a good mix of the allergens, so this occurs pretty rarely, and most of the time a full sanitation between items is performed.
I'm not getting push back from owners, they love it, but scheduling and operations aren't as on board. They seem to think that because it's worked in the past (visual verification), that adding this step is useless and is causing more headache. I am saying that I'm shocked an auditor would say a visual is okay. Past auditors were fine with this cleaning step being visually verified.
Does anyone have any thoughts on the matter that they could share with me to help me get operations more on board with the swabs. They are so quick, and I think really add some depth to our program, because I don't think you can be too cautious with allergens.
Just hoping for some guidance.