Low-Acid and Acidified Low-Acid Foods In Hermetically Sealed Containers – Visual Inspection Protocol
1.0 Introduction

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It is the responsibility of companies that manufacture or import food for sale or distribution in Canada to ensure that these products meet the health and safety requirements of all applicable Acts and Regulations. The Canadian regulatory agencies are responsible for monitoring the food offered for sale or distribution in Canada to assess compliance to Canadian requirements.

The presence of serious container defects in lots of low-acid and acidified low-acid foods in hermetically sealed containers in excess of Canadian requirements renders the lot of food unacceptable for sale or distribution in Canada. The presence of serious defects results in either a loss of container integrity or microbial contamination; or the increased risk of loss of container integrity or microbial contamination.

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