Published: 7 January 2015
Author: The British Retail Consortium
Publisher: The British Retail Consortium
In food manufacturing, product changeover is defined as the preparation of a production line or piece of equipment from running the current product to being ready to produce another product. It is important to remember the major effect line changeover can have on product recalls, so changeover processes need to be viewed as an investment in product safety and quality rather than wasted downtime.
Failures in changeover processes have been cited as the root cause of a large number of product withdrawals and recalls. Wherever the mis-packing or mis-labelling of a product could represent a food safety risk it is vital that the site has effective and robust procedures in place to mitigate this risk.
The aim of this guideline is to provide assistance and good practice guidance to food manufacturers to help them manage product changeover correctly.