NEW FDA AFFIRMATION OF COMPLIANCE CODE FOR VOLUME OF CANNED GOODS
U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported Oct. 21 that the Food and Drug Administration has added a new affirmation of compliance (AofC) code VOL for volume. This code and qualifier can be used to communicate the container volume of a low-acid canned food product packaged in a container that does not have traditional can dimensions. For example, when sending data for banana puree packaged in a 220 gallon container, filers should send AofC code VOL with a qualifier of 220. However, this code should not be sent in place of can dimensions when the product is packaged in a container with the traditional two or three can dimensions, which will result in a failure of the automated database look-up.