We are a small business running out of a shared facility. We make plant based and meat soups. We are hoping to land Costco as a customer.
Here's our confusion: There are two other business on the same side as us. There is no physical separation between each business (every business has their own equipment, shelves, racks etc, which kind of makes a boundary). Both of our neighboring businesses contain allergen products, 1 contains milk and the other contains flour.
All 3 of us use the same production sink to wash utensils or dishes etc. i.e. there is no employee flow control. Our product label contains "May contain" for all allergens that are present in the facility. I am wondering if this is an acceptable control measure for allergen controls. I don't think so. I think if we want Costco, we may have to look into major production rescheduling where we are not operating at the same time the other guys are. Based on the structure of the facility, it is not possible to create a physical separation.
Main concern is production because raw material and finished product can be closed/covered during storage.
Given the current scenario, is it worth thinking about Costco? Any suggestions for allergen management.