Interim Processing Program Guidelines

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The Project Review Committee of the Food and Bio Processing Branch reviews all applications from clients for interim processing. Upon approval of an application, a branch scientist or engineer will be assigned as the project leader. It is the responsibility of the project leader to develop a contract with the client, and ensure that it is signed by both parties, prior to commencement of the project.

The contract outlines project specific responsibilities of the client and the branch and provides basic terms and conditions, and fees.

  • All line labour and client staff supervision is to be provided by the client.
  • The project leader will be the prime contact for the client though the term of the contract.
  • All scheduling is done on a first request basis.
  • Line set up charges may apply if scheduled processing is cancelled with insufficient notice.
  • Hours of operation for processing purposes are 8:15 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday.
  • All processing, including removal of product to on site storage, is to be completed by 4:30 pm.
Centre Responsibilities
  • Project Leaders will provide clients with a copy of the their scheduling / booking request for confirmation of times and equipment needs.
  • Centre staff will set up process equipment and production lines, conduct and document pre-operational inspections to allow an 8:15 start of production whenever possible.
  • Client’s foremen will be instructed, by Centre staff, in correct, safe equipment operation to enable them to instruct their personnel how to safely operate the required equipment.
  • Project leaders are to work with clients to develop realistic, achievable daily production volumes and ensure materials and supplies are received in accordance with anticipated production estimates.
  • Technologists, after setting up for the days production, will be available to assist in the event of equipment breakdowns and advise of improved processing procedures.
  • The Centre’s processing technologists and project leaders are not to work as production line labour.
  • Centre staff will arrange for contract cleanup staff to clean and sanitize following production. Cleanup costs will be charged to the client.
  • All production and HACCP records will be verified by Centre staff.
  • Storage, coding and monitoring of reference samples is the responsibility of the Project Leader.
  • Allocation of storage spaces will be made by Centre technologists.
Client Responsibilities – Interim Processing
  • HACCP plans and label approvals must be in place for all interim-processing projects.
  • The client is responsible for providing packaging materials, tested and approved by the Project Leader, prior to run commencement. The client is to schedule production activities, processing space, time and equipment requirements, with the assigned project leader and arrange to have all materials and supplies available prior to commencing operations.
  • Only production labour employees that have completed the Centre’s orientation will be permitted into the production area.
  • Pre-production preparation, i.e. vegetable peeling (no Centre equipment is utilized) and post- production packaging will normally be charged at a reduced rate.
  • If more than one process line is in operation concurrently, each will be billed at the contracted rate.
  • Production labour will be trained to operate specific equipment and be under the direct supervision of the client’s foreman.
  • The client is responsible to ensure that adequate labour is available to conduct the anticipated production.
  • In the event of an accident, or near miss, the client in conjunction with the project leader will record the incident and fulfill the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety regulations.
  • All production records required by HACCP plans must be maintained by client personnel and stored at the Centre.
  • Clients are to arrange disposition of product immediately upon quality control clearance.

Other Documents in the Series

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Product Development
Pilot Plant
Meat Product Development and Processing Programs
Crops Product Development and Processing Program
Food Science and Technology Program
Extrusion Processing Program
Packaging Technology Program
Laboratory Equipment
Pilot Plant Equipment
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This information published to the web on June 3, 2009.
Last Reviewed/Revised on January 18, 2018.