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Food Canning Establishment (FCE) Registration
Because foods without adequate acidity may allow the growth of
microorganisms that cause foodborne illness, the FDA requires commercial processors of shelf stable acidified foods
and low-acid canned foods in a hermetically sealed container to be sold in the United States to
■ register each establishment
■ and file scheduled processes for each product, product style, container size and type and processing method.
Failure to comply with these requirements can result in detention of specific shipments or may result in a decision to refuse admission of all products produced by a processor.
■ Food Facility Registration
■ Food Canning Establishment (FCE) Registration
■ Process Filing (SID)
■ U.S. Agent
■ Electronic Submissions
Submission Identifier - SID numbers (SIDs) must be submitted as Affirmation of Compliance (AofC) codes when importing acidified foods and low-acid canned foods into the United States.
should verify that their suppliers FCE registration is current.
Initial Registration Fee
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Food Canning Establishments (FCE)
Scheduled Process Identification (SID - Submission Identifier)
Are subject to the FDA regulations
■ canned vegetables, mushrooms, some fruits
■ fish and acidified products
stabilized by heat sterilization treatment (pasteurization of acidified product),
whether exported or manufactured locally.
These products are low acid, pasteurized,
sterilized or acidified and presented in
■ metal tins & cans
■ canisters, drums, pails,
■ buckets, jars, bottles,
■ flexible pouches or tetra paks.
Acid foods are foods that have a natural pH of 4.6 or below. Processors of acid foods are not required to register and file information about their establishment(s) and foods they process or to provide information on scheduled processes for their foods.
Examples of acid foods include :
■ apples, oranges, and lemons (as well as the juices expressed from these fruits)
■ standardized and nonstandardized food dressings (such as mayonnaise) and condiment sauces (such as ketchup) that have a natural pH of 4.6 or below
■ Tomatoes and tomato products with a finished equilibrium pH that is 4.7 or above are low-acid foods subject to requirements for low-acid foods when those foods are intended for use in hermetically sealed containers. Therefore, tomatoes and tomato products with a finished equilibrium pH greater than 4.6, but below 4.7, do not meet the definitions of acid foods, acidified foods, or low-acid foods.
Acidified foods are low-acid foods to which acid(s) or acid food(s) are added; they have a water activity greater than 0.85 and have a finished equilibrium pH of 4.6 or below.
Examples of foods that may be acidified foods include :
■ pickled beets, cocktail onions, and cherry peppers (normally pickled by the addition of acid)
■ Red bell peppers treated in an acid brine
■ Some pears and tropical fruits that have a natural pH greater than 4.6 and are acidified to a pH of 4.6 or below
■ Fermented green olives subjected to processes (such as lye treatment or washing with low-acid foods) that raise the pH above 4.6, with subsequent addition of acid or acid foods to reduce the pH to 4.6 or below
■ Tomato salsa made from tomatoes with a pH of 4.6 or below and low-acid ingredients, when the amount of low-acid ingredients is not a small amount and/or the resultant finished equilibrium pH differs significantly from that of the predominant acid or acid food
■ Cold-pack pickles that are subjected to the action of acid-producing microorganisms but require the addition of acid or an acid food to achieve a pH of 4.6 or below.
Carbonated beverages and foods that are stored, distributed, and retailed under refrigeration are excluded.
Jams, jellies, and preserves are excluded.
A food containing both acid food(s) and low-acid food(s) may or may not be covered as an acidified food.
A process schedule is designed by a process authority to deliver a “commercially sterile” (FDA) or “shelfstable” (USDA) food product.
The process schedule describes acidification, preservatives, packaging and the application of heat or cooking used to eliminate microorganisms in the product handled under non-refrigerated conditions.
The microbial quality of the final food product is determined by collecting a sample and performing bacterial counts such as aerobic plate count, E.coli, coliforms, yeast and mold counts. The stability (change in water activity or acidity) of the food once canned is another measure of product safety.
The cooking step in making a food product is called a thermal process. A thermal process is established by understanding the food microbiology and processing method for the specific food that is canned. Food spoilage microorganisms are present throughout the environment, packaging containers and ingredients. High temperature kills microorganisms present in food, and the hermitically sealed container prevents re-contamination.
As an example, scheduled process is required for each of the following product container sizes for the following acidified foods and package:
Green Olive and Pimento Cheese Dip in 4 oz glass jars
Green Olive and Pimento Cheese Dip in 7 oz glass jars
Chipotle Cheese Dip in 4 oz glass jars
Chipotle Cheese Dip in 7 oz glass jars
Artichoke Leaf Cheese Dip in 7 oz glass jars
Raspberry Jalapeno Cheese Dip in 7 oz glass jars
Chocolatey Cherry Amaretto Cheesecake Fondue in 4 oz jars.