Keith Ito

Keith Ito

Keith A. Ito, Emeritus (Non-Senate Academic)

Position Title
Former Director, UC Lab for Research in Food Preservation

Food Science & Technology


Affiliated Dates 1992-2012

Mr. Ito’s position at the National Canner’s Association, which later became the National Food Processors Association (NFPA), provided him with the opportunity to help develop and implement the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Low Acid and Acidified Canned Food Regulations, which have formed the basis of the production of low acid and acidified canned foods throughout the world. After he retired from NFPA in 2003, Mr. Ito continued in his role as Director of the University of California Laboratory for Research in Food Preservation (UCLRFP) through 2012, where he led investigations into the efficacy of thermal processing systems.  

Mr. Keith Ito served as the Director of UC Laboratory for Research in Food Preservation (UCLRFP), starting in 1981. He was Vice President of the NFPA in Dublin since 1981 as well. In 1992, the UCLRFP was transferred administratively from UCSF Hooper Foundation to the Department of Food Science and Technology at UC Davis.

The UCLRFP is funded through the California Department of Public Health  (CDPH), Food and Drug Branch, which is responsible for administering state regulations related to processing of low acid and acidified low acid canned foods. The CDPH has contracted with the University of California’s Board of Regents to operate the UCLRFP. The laboratory is responsible for making recommendations regarding official sterilization processes for all low acid and acidified low acid canned foods regulated by the California Department of Public Health. It examines and evaluates official samples of restrained material and makes recommendations to CDPH as to their ultimate disposition. It conducts training courses, develops procedures for proper operation of thermal processing equipment, and conducts research as new problems arise.

Awards and Honors

2000: IFT, Minnesota Section - Harold Macy Award