Acidified and Low Acid Canned Foods

A Food Canning Establishment (FCE) registration must be filed with the FDA before selling canned food products within or exporting canned foods into the U.S. This filing requirement is on top the requirements placed on international facilities by the FDA’s Bioterrorism Act Food Facility Registration requirement.

In addition to name and location of processing facilities required on the Scheduled Process form, commercial processors of Low Acid Canned Foods (LACF) must also include the processing method and a list of foods processed in each establishment. Those companies processing Acidified Foods (AF) must include scheduled processes for each AF in each container size. These forms must be filed electronically through the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) prior to manufacturing or exporting into the U.S. Upon completion and acceptance of the registration filing, FDA provides a Scheduled Process Identification Number (SID) for each. Once the SID has been obtained, any modifications in the manufacturing process including equipment and packaging require the FCE to submit updated SID forms.

EAS provides assistance to FCEs both in the U.S. and those exporting into the U.S. through the filing of registration forms, answering any questions during the FDA’s review process, as well as updating any modifications to the processes once the SID has been obtained.