Food Canning Establishment Regulations

Food Canning Establishment Regulations

FDA Food Canning Establishment (FCE) Registration and Process Filings (SIDs)

Food canning establishment regulations are unique among food registration regulations. The FDA requires companies that produce certain shelf-stable, aseptically-sealed low-acid canned or acidified foods to obtain a Food Canning Establishment (FCE) registration. In addition, manufacturers must file documentation with U.S. FDA for each process used in the production of foods subject to these requirements. These submissions are known as a “Process Filing” and each is assigned a unique “Submission Identifier” (SID). This three part system forms the basis for the food canning establishment regulations.

Failing to register either yourself as an importer or your foreign manufacturer could lead to fines and penalties from the US FDA. Registration also demonstrates to distributors, import brokers, and insurers your professionalism and understanding of the regulations.

Avoid U.S. FDA refusals and detentions when shipping canned, bottled, jarred, and other shelf-stable foods in the United States by ensuring your food canning establishment is properly registered and your scheduled processes are properly filed. Please contact our Charlotte or Washington D.C. offices for a complimentary consultation on