Every year since being SQF our facility has validated our allergen cleaning program by running our product with the highest concentration of allergens, cleaning the equipment per our SOP, and then running a non-allergen containing material and then sending that product out for allergen testing.
Past auditors have accepted this method, and even this past auditor did, but with a caveat: he explained that this was no longer an accepted validation procedure and we would need to look at different procedures moving forward. He referenced a white paper ( I cannot remember the name) that I read thoroughly, but I cannot seem to find what he is referencing.
Is my method outdated? If it is in fact outdated, I want to move to something more inline with current best practices, I just don't know what they are.
I'd love some advice/ help on if my methods are in fact outdated, and what I can do in place of our current method.