The turning device has a supply conveyor, a turning unit and a removal conveyor. The turning unit (1) consists of a turning plate (2). There is a drive (4) in the vicinity of the plate. The plate consists of orthogonally arranged rods which run in the feed direction (9) in a space in the drive and also orthogonally to the feed direction. The plate has a lifting device (3) which presses the foodstuffs against a thrust-block (5). This block turns synchronously with the plate. The foodstuffs coming in off the supply conveyor run against a movable fitting (6) in the feed track.