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Canning and Preserving Industry Workers
Canning and preserving industry workers monitor equipment and perform routine tasks in food-processing plants that can, preserve, and quick-freeze such foods as vegetables, fruits, frozen dinners, jams, jellies, preserves, pickles, and soups. They also process and preserve seafood, including shrimp, oysters, crabs, clams, and fish. The U.S. Department of Labor considers canning and preserving food industry workers to be an occupational subset of packaging and filling machine operators and tenders. As of May 2015, there are approximately 378,560 packaging and filling machine operators and tenders working in the United States with about 21,920 of these categorized workers working in the fruit and vegetable preserving and specialty food manufacturing industry.