What Is A Scheduled Process?
You just came up with a brand new product. Now, you want to get it distributed and produced on a large scale to send out to stores. Before you can do that you need to determine if you need to get a scheduled process completed and if you do need one, complete it. Most beverages, sauces, and condiments need a scheduled process. What is a scheduled process?
A scheduled process is a detailed recipe and procedure developed for your product. It is reviewed and edited by a recognized process authority, some of which are listed here. The scheduled process also includes information about your product’s ingredients, formulation tasks, packaging details, storage, and distribution guidelines. There are some important aspects of a scheduled process that you need to be aware of before starting to produce food.
Acidified Foods Need A Scheduled Process
Drinks, beverages, and even canned goods that have acidic substances in them are often required by law to get a scheduled process done for their product. This is important because acidified food and drinks are regulated more closely due to the shelf life stability requirements. This process makes sure you can understand and follow critical aspects of production that must be met each time you make a batch of your product.
If an acidified food or beverage is improperly processed and distributed, the health of your consumers may be adversely affected The financial, legal, and brand reputation damage of a forced recall can be minimized with a proper Scheduled Process.
Records & Registration
Having your products go through a scheduled process review also forces you to produce all the proper documentation. These documents help prove that your product has been reviewed and verified safe by a recognized process authority.
The critical control points steps laid out in the scheduled process must be followed. If you don’t complete each of these important steps successfully as they are listed then your product may be unsafe and is illegal to sell. Proving the safety of your products for customers’ use should be one of your top concerns.
To prove that you completed all tasks and all necessary procedures you have to keep great records. It is a requirement that you keep records every time you produce your product. Anytime you make changes to the process, you have to make sure you note those changes on your records and go to the process authority for an amendment. The food manufacturer is required to register all your documents with the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). It’s important to keep good records and registrations to provide an extra level of protection. Generally, the manufacturer will take care of these records for you.
In conclusion, getting your scheduled process done when your product is ready for mainstream distribution is as important as your budgets, projections, and goals.
If this process seems intimidating, or you would like guidance in this process, you can complete the application with us at Organic Food Incubator, and we’ll help you get it done fast and correct it the first time. or you can check out our course below to learn how to complete it yourself.
Once you have a food or beverage recipe that you would like to turn into a product and then sell, you should have your recipe reviewed by a food scientist to get the proper food safety documentation, called a “scheduled process”. This will tell you or your manufacturer how to make your product safer for distribution. To get a scheduled process, you have to complete some very specific tasks and procedures. Click below to learn more about this course.