Eric Schweitzer
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3-A SSI Releases New Standard 3-A Sanitary Standard for Formers, Fillers, and Sealers of Containers for Fluid and Viscous Products, Number 17-13

McLEAN, Virginia - 3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc. is pleased to announce the new edition 3-A Sanitary Standard for Formers, Fillers, and Sealers of Containers for Fluid and Viscous Products, Number 17-13 which is a merger of 3-A Sanitary Standard for Formers, Fillers, and Sealers of Containers for Fluid Products, Number 17-12 and 3-A Sanitary Standard for and 3-A Sanitary Standard for Equipment for Packaging Viscous Products, Number 23-06. 17-13 also maintains 3-A Sanitary Standard for General Requirements, ANSI/3-A 00-01-2018 as a normative reference. The withdrawal of 23-06 and new 17-13 both will be effective May 3, 2020.

This 3-A Sanitary Standard applies to the sanitary aspects of the unitized equipment for holding, opening, forming, dispensing, filling, closing, sealing, or capping containers for fluid or viscous products, or wrapping viscous products, and all parts essential to these functions.  The equipment shall perform one or more of the following functions: Holding the container preparatory to further processing; forming the container; dispensing a preformed container; opening the container; rinsing the container; sanitizing or disinfecting the container; applying and sealing a supplementary fitment or device; filling the container; sealing the container; closing the container; capping the container; wrapping the product; applying a tamper-evident security seal; and other processing equipment (as defined herein). The equipment shall start at the points where the product, utilities (air, water, steam, cleaning chemicals, etc.), container, container blank, container material, or wrapping material first enters the unitized equipment.  The equipment shall end where the packaged product and the utilities exit the unitized equipment. This standard does not pertain to the container, to free-standing container forming equipment or to other free-standing equipment including, but not limited to cappers, labelers, printers, daters, applicators of supplementary fitments or devices or wrappers not furnished as part of the unitized equipment.

Symbol Holders should contact their Certified Conformance Evaluators to request an amendment report to show conformance to the new standard per the requirements of the TPV Manual and 3-A Symbol License Agreement available on our website

A copy of 17-13 and other 3-A SSI documents are available at the 3-A SSI eStore or at under ‘Standards & Accepted Practices Store’.

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3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to enhance product safety for consumers of food, beverages, and pharmaceutical products through the development and use of 3-A Sanitary Standards and 3-A Accepted Practices.  Visit the 3-A SSI web site at

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