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.
- Food Safety and Testing is our free online event on 26 September with speakers including Jeff Barach, Principal of Barach Enterprises LLC and David J. Dausey PhD, Dean, School of Health Professions and Public Health Mercyhurst University. There is still time to register to keep up to speed with everything FSMA and food recall related.