Dairy Establishment Inspection Manual – Chapter 14 - Aseptic Processing and Packaging Systems

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Codex defines aseptic processing and packaging (APPS) as the processing and packaging of a commercially sterile product into sterilized containers followed by hermetically sealing with a sterilized closure in a manner which prevents viable microbiological recontamination of the sterile product. For dairy applications, this process uses temperatures above the boiling point for a very short period of time to sterilize milk products. It must be followed by an aseptic packaging step to give a shelf-stable commercially sterile product as per Food and Drugs Regulations. The processing and filling steps have a number of variables that are controlled by design specification (the scheduled process).

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