There are three types of recognized process authorities for food production mentioned in U.S. federal regulations. In FDA-regulated products there are basically two types of process authority, and there is also a USDA definition of process authority for meat, poultry, and egg products.
According to the USDA regulation 9 CFR 318.300, entitled “Definitions”, a processing authority is “the person(s) or organization(s) having expert knowledge of thermal processing requirements for foods in hermetically sealed containers, having access to facilities for making such determinations, and designated by the establishment to perform certain functions as indicated in this subpart.”
Etna Consulting Group has a long history of working with the food industry to deliver technically excellent hazard analysis and consultation on microbial food safety risks. We will not give you a form letter with your product and process specifics filled into the blanks. We carefully assess the details you provide about your production process and formulation. We answer your questions along the way. Our experts are just as credentialed as university professors. We respond rapidly. If you also need chemistry, microbiology, or other laboratory services, we can do it all. We have created a page dedicated to food process authority if you are looking for more information.