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Minimizing the Presence of and Handling Abnormal Containers of Commercially Sterile Foods

Grocery Manufacturers Association

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Today’s marketplace for shelf stable foods offers consumers a variety of packaging options. The presence of traditional metal cans and glass containers has been augmented by the introduction of shelf stable commodities available in semi-rigid containers, flexible packages, and paperboard containers. Regardless of the container, the safety and quality of the contents need to be protected throughout the manufacturing process and the distribution chain, all the way to the customer’s cupboard. Security of the container contents does not occur by chance. It is an active management process encompassing the establishment and implementation of a series of practices appropriate to specific processing systems and container designs. Product protection includes two strong elements: container integrity and process reliability.

GMA’s “Minimizing the Presence of and Handling Abnormal Containers of Commercially Sterile Foods” was developed for processors, transporters and warehouse operators in the commercially sterile food industry. These practices can be applied universally, but the regulations cited herein are those that apply in the United States. Processors, transporters and warehouse operators may want to consider the food safety programs referenced in this document as the foundation for a successful system designed to minimize the potential for product spoilage from both underprocessing and container abuse.

Product Details:

Product ID: SRA-2008-m
Publication Year: 2008
Page length: 28 pages