FDA Food Canning Establishment (FCE) Registration & Process Filings (SID)
In addition to the food facility registration requirements under section 415 of the FD&C Act and 21 CFR part 1, subpart H, Federal Regulations require 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 with the Food and Drug Administration for each product, product style, container size and type and processing method (21 CFR 108).
What is Food Facility Registration (FFR)?
Facilities that manufacture, process, or package foods intended for consumption in the United States are required to register in the FDA Food Facility Registration (FFR) system.
What is Food Canning Establishment (FCE) registration?
Companies that produce certain Acidified and Low-Acid Canned Food (LACF) packaged in hermetically sealed containers are also required to obtain a Food Canning Establishment (FCE) registration. A facility’s FCE registration must be linked to its FFR, and the data in the two registrations must match.
What is Submission Identifier (SID) number?
LACF and acidified food facilities must submit unique filings for each process used during production. Each of these “Process Filings” is assigned a unique Submission Identifier (SID) number.
What is low-acid canned food (LACF) & acidified food (AF)?
A low-acid canned food (LACF) is any food (other than alcoholic beverages) with a finished equilibrium pH greater than 4.6 and a water activity greater than 0.85, excluding tomatoes and tomato products having a finished equilibrium pH less than 4.7.
An acidified food (AF) is a low-acid food to which acid(s) or acid food(s) are added and which has a finished equilibrium pH of 4.6 or below and a water activity (aw) greater than 0.85.
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