The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for ensuring the safety of fish, seafood, fruits, vegetables and other foods that are processed, canned and sold. Canneries and other facilities that process seafood or low-acid and acidified foods must register with the FDA and file appropriate paperwork documenting details such as date, product, process, temperature, amount of food and containers used.

The FDA details information about registration on its website.

  • Facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for human consumption must register
  • Includes fish, seafood, fruits, vegetables, egg products, canned and frozen goods, bakery items
  • Excludes private residences, restaurants, nonprofit food facilities such as food banks, soup kitchens
  • Excludes fishing vessels that do not process fish (boats may harvest, transport, eviscerate and head fish, and freeze fish for holding)
  • Requires documentation and storage of records; requirements are outlined in this FDA brochure