FDA Acidified and Low Acid Canned Foods Regulation

Acidified & Low Acid Canned Foods

Commercial food processors are responsible for ensuring the safety of their products.  Hazards that can occur if inadequate or improper manufacturing, processing or packaging is used in the production of low-acid and acidified canned foods. Therefore, food processors must be in compliance with regulations established by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and state agriculture and health departments across the country. Any commercial food manufacturer processing and packaging low-acid canned foods and acidified foods must register their processing establishment and must file processing information.

This is done to comply with laws and regulations requirements. These regulations ensure consumer safety from undesirable microorganisms or their toxins. This microorganism produces a deadly toxin if it is not properly destroyed with good canning procedures that include a properly designed thermal process.

Since filing the processing information for low-acid foods and acidified foods is an FDA requirement, the processors and importers may need to determine, among other factors, the pH and/or the water activity of the product. These two factors, at the proper safety level, are very important for protection against harmful bacteria. The safety level for pH is 4.6 or below and for water activity is 0.85 or below.

All commercial acidified and low-acid canned food processors located in the United States and all processors in other countries who process acidified or low-acid canned food products for export to the United States must register with the FDA. Processing plants must also submit process filing forms containing scheduled process information for each acidified and low-acid canned food produced, and must meet all other requirements of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act.

Note: - Importers, wholesalers, distributors, brokers, etc. are excluded from the requirement to register.

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