A bottling process for bottling a container (2) for pumpable food products, comprising the following steps: introducing at least one first UV-C lamp (11) inside the container (2); radiating the inner surface with the first UV-C lamp (11) for a predefined time period; filling the container (2), with the product at a temperature comprised between 75°C and 90°C, so as to abate the residual bacterial load resulting from the radiating step, in which the product is subjected to a heat treatment for cooking without further successive heating; supplying a closing element (31) for closing the container (2) and sterilizing by radiation the inside of the closing element (31) during the supplying step; applying the sterilized closing element (31) to the container (2).

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