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Thermally Processed Products

Process Approval and Product Classification

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Who needs it?

If you plan to process and package an acid or acidified food product yourself in a licensed and inspected commercial kitchen facility, you may need to get a process approval or a product classification.

Why do you need it?

The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) requires that certain types of food items (acidified) offered for sale within the State of Georgia have a letter of process approval from a certified food processing authority, like the UGA Extension Food Science specialists.

What is included in the service?

The process authority carefully examines the recipe, the methods used to prepare, package and store the item, and the food safety precautions required to produce a safe product. Product attributes, such as pH, water activity, and Brix, are verified by testing the finished product. Once the process is approved, a letter of process approval is sent to the GDA.

How much do I pay?

The UGA Extension Food Science specialists offer process approval and product classification services to food businesses for $175 per recipe.

Please open the PDF with Adobe Reader, complete the form and sign it, and email the completed and signed form to We accept payment by check or credit card. Please use the online payment option to pay by credit card. If you want to pay by check, please complete and sign the payment form above, make the check payable to the University of Georgia, and mail the payment form and check to our office.