FDA streamlines reporting for food processors

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The FDA is updating the reporting process for makers of acidified and low-acid canned-foods.
The FDA is updating the reporting process for makers of acidified and low-acid canned-foods.

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The US Food and Drug Administration is streamlining the info submittal process for certain food processing operations.

The agency is updating the paper and electronic forms that acidified and low-acid canned-food makers are required by law to file. As a result, Form 2541a and Form 2541c, currently used to collect information from the manufacturers, will be phased out in favour of forms specific to different industry processes.

Depending on the process at work, companies can choose from four forms for low-acid retorted, acidified, water activity/formulation control or low-acid aseptic manufacturing. According to the FDA, the new forms will help cut down confusion about which information to hand over.

Before the FDA puts the new forms into play, stakeholders are invited to submit comment about them as well as about the information submittal process. Until they are finalized and adopted, processors should continue using the old forms.

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