Working With a Co-Packer
There are some things you need to know…
Many of our clients have been in the food industry for a long time and are familiar with the laws and regulations that help keep our food safe and ready to eat.
Others may be new to the industry and need a little help along the way – and that’s ok!
We’ve pulled together some resources that may be helpful to you on your journey. If you read through the information below, you’ll have a head start on many of the things we will be asking you for when we co-pack your product here at Maryland Packaging.
CFR Title 21
It governs a lot of things regarding food safety and what you need to do when making food for commercial use.
For example, if you want to add color to your food, this document governs what you can use for that. It will also tell you which preservatives to use and when.
Our staff is trained in what’s allowed and what isn’t, so if you’re working with us and we let you know where something is permitted and when it’s not, this is likely the regulations we’re adhering to.
Follow this link to take a look at the regulations.
- Titratable Testing
- Color testing using spectrometry
We send microbrial and pathogen testing to a 3rd party lab. Click here to learn more about them.
When you package or create your food, a lot of times, you’ll need to bring in the raw ingredients.
When you do that, we’ll need a Certificate of Analysis (CoA) or Letter of Understanding from the supplier you’re sourcing your ingredients from.
Visit this FDA resource for more information.
Expect the health department to take about 2-3 weeks to get back to you.
Organic certification can take up to 30 days, but there are 3 or 5 day rush options (with a fee around $100 – $300).
Kosher certification takes about 2 weeks.
For Organic, we go through CCOF and QAI.
We can do Circle K Kosher certifications.
This 3rd party resource can help you get your feet wet and talking like a pro in no time.