We are presently under the FDA Preventive Control Surveillance audit. A question came up on a May contain statement on one of our suppliers ingredients that states May Contain Peanuts. None of the finished product we make contains Peanut.
We identify only those allergens identified on the ingredients received, in the Ingredient Hazard Analysis. We have never considered identifying allergens under the May Contain statement as a hazard whose risks need to be assessed in our food safety plan.
Would like to know how you handle a May Contain Allergen statement in your Food Safety Plan? Would you assess the risk if any and accordingly make adjustments to your facility allergen program?
Opens up a whole big ball of wax by having a supplier indicate that it may contain peanuts.
Client of ours had a similar issue for an allergen free facility and product and a supplier made a statement about how their item may contain soy and peanuts.
If they accepted that it would have had to go into the allergen plan, haccp
, etc etc and then they faced the issue with having to change their labeling to have a may contain statement and based on their customer base that spelled loss of sales to them.
Instead they made the supplier conduct allergen testing on all product and the item shipped was then sent for allergen testing again.
These procedures were documented and included in the alkergen plan and fsp.
Interestly enough not one test since then has turned up soy nor peanuts.