Food Packaging Regulations- (US) Online Course & Certificate

20 contact hours
Used For:
2 Continuing Education Units
Course and Certificate:

Materials are often used to package food products for effective and efficient sale and distribution. These materials, which come into direct and indirect contact with foods, must be regulated by national agencies. Food Packaging Regulations is a course that surveys the laws and regulations governing the packaging of food products in the United States. We examine the material chemistry, toxicology, and microbiological considerations when using various additives and packaging materials.


After completing Food Packaging Regulations (US), students will be equipped with a basic understanding of the following:

  1. Food packaging materials
  2. The FDA and the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act
  3. Additives
  4. Food chemistry basics
  5. Toxicology basics
  6. Plastics and recycling
  7. Environmental considerations
  8. Microbiological considerations


This course is designed for students who possess basic chemistry and a desire to learn about basic regulations. Professionals are also encouraged to register for this course, either as a means of professional development or as a broadening experience. 

 Students will be assigned 5 homework assignments, and 1 final exam. 

  1. Food packaging materials
  2. The role of the FDA
  3. Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (1958)
  4. Direct and Indirect Additives (21 C.F.R. Part 170.3, 21 C.F.R. Part 174-179)
  5. Food Contact Notification(FCN)
  6. Chemistry
  7. Toxicology
  8. Environmental Considerations
  9. Submitting Requests Under 21 CFR 170.39 Threshold of Regulation For Substances Used in Food-Contact Articles
  10. Use of Recycled Plastics in Food Packaging: Chemistry Considerations
  11. Antimicrobial Food Additive Submissions
  12. Bisphenol A


 This course is Instructor-led and delivered through our award-winning online Learning Management System.