Acidified and Low-Acid Canned Food Processing
The purpose of this page is provide additional information to prospective processors or distributors of acidified and/or low-acid canned foods. These foods are subject to an additional set of regulatory requirements beyond the good manufacturing practices (21 CFR 110) that must be adhered to by all food manufacturers. Due to several incidents involving Clostridium botulinum intoxications as a result of poorly-processed foods in these categories, FDA implemented a set of rules that require firms to register as processors and to file their processes (21 CFR 108) with FDA. 21 CFR 108 also requires such manufacturers to ensure that employees who oversee these processes have adequate training, generally in the form of an FDA- or university-sponsored better process school.