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Association of Food and Drug Officials 


January 05, 2012 

Contact: Joe Corby, Executive Director, 518-860-2838 

The Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) is pleased to announce the updating and availability of the document, A Guide to Can Defects and Basic Components of Double Seam Containers

This guide can help inspection officials resolve the question which frequently arises with regard to the evaluation and safety of canned food products: When does the can defect or damage become severe enough to represent a public health concern or hazard? 

This simplified guide shows, in color, some of the major types of can defects which may be commonly found by visual observation. It categorizes the defects/damages according to their degree of potential hazard, and shows what to look for in the routine visual inspection of the finished product. 

As an added feature, the guide now has a pictorial section on the components of the metal can which defines and illustrates defects that may occur during a canning operation. 

This guide was originally produced by the AFDO Education Committee, in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s State Training Branch, the Association of Official Analytical Chemists (now AOAC International), the Health Protection Branch of Canada, the Department of Health and Social Security United Kingdom, the National Food Processors Association, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

AFDO is most grateful to the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) for their assistance in updating and enhancing this guide and to the AFDO Laboratory, Science and Technology Committee. 

This publication is available for purchase on the AFDO website.
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