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The Entrepreneurial Program offers two primary services:

SERVICE A: Product Testing & Processing Recommendations

We will analyze a shelf-stable product sample and classify it (acid, acidified, water activity controlled (low-moisture), or other) according to Federal and State regulations. We will provide processing recommendations for Acid and Acidified foods.

Foods other than shelf-stable acid/acidified foods may be tested and provided a Letter stating the pH and water activity of the sample. This information can be used for further product development or as a data point for regulatory agencies.

SERVICE B: Nutritional Information

We use a Nutrition Database to input a product formulation and provide a Nutrition Facts Panel and Ingredient Statement for food products.

The FDA 2016 Nutrition Label requirements (new label format) will be required as of January 1, 2020, for manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual sales. The date for compliance is January 1, 2021, for manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual sales. For more information regarding Compliance Dates and Label requirements, see the FDA labeling Guidance.

For us to be able to provide the new label format, it will be necessary for the client to provide the Mandatory Nutrients on a 100-gram basis for each ingredient. View the list of Mandatory Nutrients.

Process for Submission

Fill out & submit the Online Request Form. The form will ask for your basic contact information, formulation for a batch of your product, and current product processing information. Please do not send any samples until we have contacted you.

Once you submit the Online Request Form, we will review your Online Request Form & reply with information on the next steps, including how to send a sample and the quantity needed.

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Confidentiality Note:
The information collected on our form is for classification and nutritional labeling only. We will keep your product information on the computer under password protection for a short time in case you request changes or modifications.

The University makes no warranties or guarantees, either expressed or implied, as to the outcome of any services provided, although all reasonable efforts, consistent with the standards of a research university, will be made to give the appropriate recommendations and achieve a successful outcome. Once the services are provided, no refunds are available.

As a public institution and instrumentality of the State of North Carolina, NC State University is subject to the NC Public Records laws. This means that records provided to the University may be subject to public disclosure unless an exception applies. Documents that would not be subject to public record disclosure include research data, records, or information of a proprietary nature, as well as information that may be deemed trade secrets and has been marked “confidential.” For more information regarding public records, please visit the Office of General Counsel webpage on public records.

Written By

Nick Fragedakis, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionNick FragedakisProgram Director and Acidified Foods Process Authority Call Nick Email Nick Food, Bioprocessing & Nutrition Sciences
NC State Extension, NC State University
Page Last Updated: 2 years ago
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