4.1 - FORMULATION CHANGES (BASE)

  • Changes in formulation must be adequately assessed for legal, safety and quality issues, discussed and agreed with your Customer Technical contact.

  • All product development must be assessed against the HACCP plan by the HACCP team to ensure the HACCP is still appropriate.

4.2 - FACTORY TRIALS (BASE)

  • The site must undertake and document factory trials and complete thorough testing to verify product formulation and manufacturing processes are capable of producing safe and legal products.

  • The site must have a development handover process that ensures that approved development formulations and packaging materials are correctly transferred to manufacturing for the first production run and that the specification is consistently achieved.

4.3 - SHELF LIFE TESTING (BASE)

  • Shelf life must be established through testing.

  • As a minimum this must include: - product formulation
    - microbiological growth - packaging process and material - factory environment - subsequent storage conditions - likely consumer use - temperature stability

  • Records must be retained.

4.4 - NUTRITIONAL TESTING (BASE)

  • Nutritional testing must be carried out and checked against proposed product label and specification prior to launch.

  • Manual calculations can be used in some instances; however this must be agreed by your Customer Technical contact.

  • Where a nutritional claim is made (e.g. <2% fat, high in omega 3, Free From) these claims must be challenged and verified using worst case scenarios.

4.5 - PRODUCT CLAIMS (BASE)

  • Where product claims are made, documentary evidence must be available on site to substantiate these.

  • This may include, although this is not an exhaustive list: - Provenance - Welfare - Allergens - Speciation - Free from - GMO free - Method of production(e.g. not from concentrate) or slaughter - Method of ingredient growing (e.g. organic/chemical free) - Suitable for vegetarian or vegans - Any quantitative recipe claims

4.6 - PACKAGING PERFORMANCE (BASE)

  • Performance and durability of product and packaging must be conducted through testing (e.g. transit trials, stack testing.)

  • Packaging design and testing must take into account how the product is sold (e.g. sale in store or supply direct to the consumer.)

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