Process Authority Services

TechniCAL is the leading independent Thermal Process Authority in the world. We offer assistance to processors of Low Acid Canned Foods (LACF) and Acidified Foods in establishing processes and procedures for producing safe food products that are regulatory compliant.

Process Establishment

Process Establishment

TechniCAL can establish a commercially sterile Thermal Process for your retorted Low Acid Canned Food products. We use heat penetration data (collected by your team or by one of our specialists) to determine the heating rate of your product and calculation methods to determine/validate the process. Calculations are done using either General Method, Ball Formula, or NumeriCAL numerical modeling methods. All work and reports are FDA/USDA compliant.

Retort Validation

Retort Validation

TechniCAL can validate your retort to ensure it operates properly, delivering the required uniform temperatures to the Low Acid Canned Food product. We use temperature distribution testing (conducted by your team or by one of our specialists) to evaluate the retort's performance during the come-up, cook, and cooling phases. A complete retort audit is also conducted along with all temperature distribution testing. All work and reports generated by TechniCAL are FDA/USDA compliant.

Process Deviation Evaluation

Process Deviation Evaluation

TechniCAL can evaluate your process deviations to determine if a commercially sterile process was achieved. Process deviations occur when a process time, temperature, or critical factor is not achieved during the thermal process as specified in the scheduled process. All documentation surrounding the deviation event is submitted to TechniCAL for our review. Upon completion of our evaluation, a complete report of our findings is issued. All work and reports generated by TechniCAL are FDA/USDA compliant.

Thermal Process Assessments

Thermal Process Assessments

TechniCAL can provide an on-site assessment of your compliance with FDA/USDA canning regulations. Our assesments/audits are based on the most critical parts of these regulatory requirements, including product process source documentation, retort validation documentation, process delivery, and process deviations. A complete report of our findings is provided upon completion, along with suggestions on how to address any issues out of compliance.

Regulatory Specialty Services

Regulatory Specialty Services

TechniCAL's team of Regulatory Specialists has the experience and ability to handle any food safety regulatory issue. When FDA or USDA takes regulatory action against a food processor (foreign or domestic), it is important to understand how to properly react to the situation. TechniCAL’s knowledge of the regulations, law, and enforcement actions is a valuable resource during regulatory action. We can assist with Product Recalls, FDA or USDA inspections, FDA 483 reports and/or warning letters, FDA automatic detention, FDA emergency permit, or Import detentions.

Please contact us if you have any questions about our Process Authority Services. Our team of experts can help with any of your needs.

TechnICAL (Main Office)
3445 North Causeway Blvd. #1001
Metairie, Louisiana 70002
504-733-0300