Hi everyone, here's a question.
We have a client, who would like to add to the packaging of a ready meal, that its suitable for vegans
The meal is totally vegetable based & all ingredients are vegan friendly.
But, we produced meals which have animal origin. we would find it very difficult to produce this meal first run of the day & its quite costly to conduct rapid analysis swabs after the non vegan meal, before production of the vegan meal.Also the down time waiting for the results of the cleaning verification is worrying as well
According to the Food information to consumer regs (EC 1169/2011), ," Article 7 Fair information practices 1. Food information shall not be misleading, particularly: (a) as to the characteristics of the food and, in particular, as to its nature, identity, properties, composition, quantity, durability, country of origin or place of provenance, method of manufacture or production;"
Therefore am I correct in saying that if we do not substantiate by testing that the said meal does not contain any animal matter (from cross contamination) we are in deed breaking the law.
Also would it be fair to say, that a BRC auditor would expect us to provide evidence that the "vegan "meal was in fact animal matter free, as this is a "claim"
Any help would be much appreciated