I have a scenario based question for possible corrective actions.
We are food manufacturing company with cooked products that fall under both FDA and USDA regulations depending on formula. One of our CCPs for both categories is cook temperature (160 degrees minimum) with verified thermometer. All of our documnetation for this is done hand written on bright yellow paper to show importance and then turned into QA for preshipment review before release. Well, 2 shifts of this documnetation is missing for one of our recently produced FDA formulas.
Investigation with responsible parties state that they did complete and did turn them in but now they cannot be found anywhere. This product (an entire days worth) is now on hold for determination of next steps. Operations is asking if the cook kettle's internal probes would suffice for the documentation since there is batch by batch recordings but my response is no since those thermometer are not "verified and documented daily" as stated in our HACCP plan. These probes have been reviewed as getting well above minimum temperature but I cannot prove calibration or direct observations for the temperature.
Is there anything I'm missing as possible way to prove risk is mitigated for release rather than the disposition of rework or disposal for this product?