Better Process Control School - March 2016

Date: March 8, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Michigan State University Erickson Hall Rooms 226 and 228, 620 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824
Contact: ANR Event Services, 517-353-3175,

The Federal Food & Drug Administration published in the Federal Register, March 16, 1979, Vol. 44, No. 53, a regulation titled, ACIDIFIED FOODS AND LOW—ACID FOODS IN HERMETICALLY SEALED CONTAINERS—MANUFACTURE & PROCESSING.  Parts 113.10 and 114.10, Personnel state:

“All operators of retorts, processing systems, and aseptic processing and packaging systems, and container closure inspectors shall be under operating supervision of a person who has attended a school approved by the Commissioner for giving instruction in retort operations, processing systems operations, aseptic processing and packaging systems operations, and container closure inspections, and has been identified by that school as having satisfactorily completed the prescribed course of instruction.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has selected Michigan State University as one of the authorized schools to present the Better Process Control School. Students who successfully complete this course will meet FDA certification requirements.


March 8-9, 2016 - Two day: Acidified Foods, Better Process Control School

March 8-11, 2016 - Four day: Acidified Foods and Low Acid Canned Foods, Better Process Control School

(The four day class will only take place if there are at least 15 people registered for this portion)

Tuesday: Registration 8:30 a.m., Class: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday: Class 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Thursday: Class 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday: Class 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Michigan State University
Erickson Hall Rooms 226 and 228
620 Farm Lane
East Lansing, MI 48824

Driving directions to Michigan State University are available at Free parking is available at the meeting location.


$770 per person - four-day, Acidified Foods and Low Acid Canned Foods, Better Process Control School 

$695 per person - for two or more people from the same company who register at the same time for the four-day, Acidified Foods and Low Acid Canned Foods, Better Process Control School

$410 per person - for the two-day Acidified Foods Course only

Registration fees include tuition, textbook, lunch, breakfast and refreshment breaks. Attendees will receive the textbook prior to the school if registration and payment is received by Sept. 11, 2015. All registrations must immediately follow with payment. The textbook will be mailed approximately three weeks prior to the exam. Exams are given on textbook contents, therefore advance study is imperative. Remember to bring the textbook with you to class. Registration DOES NOT cover hotel accommodations. 

You may withdraw from this course with a full refund less a $100 processing fee provided we are notified of the cancellation by Sept. 11. After this date, you will be responsible for the full registration fee if you register and do not attend. A substitute from the original registrant’s institution or company may attend. 


Capital Region International Airport, 4100 Capital City Blvd., Lansing, MI 48906 
Phone: 517-321-6121, Fax: 517-321-6197


After each lecture and related discussion, a short study period will be given before the open book examination for each of the following subjects. The exams are standardized by the Grocery Manufacturers Association Science and Education Foundation with approval of the FDA. A minimum score of 70% for each exam is required for passing.

Tuesday, March 8

  • Welcome
  • Introduction
  • Microbiology of Thermally Processed Foods
  • Principles of Food Plant Sanitation
  • Principles of Acidified Foods
  • Principles of Thermal Processing

Wednesday, March 9

  • Food Container Handling
  • Records and Recordkeeping
  • Equipment, Instrumentation, and Operation for Thermal Processing Systems
  • Closures for Glass Containers
  • Demonstration of use of pH meter (optional)
  • The two day Acidified Foods course is complete after exams in the preceding topics are passed with 70% or greater score.

Thursday, March 10

The following sections are required for the Low Acid Canned Foods course.

  • Still Steam Retorts
  • Closures for Double Seamed Metal and Plastic Containers
  • Still Retorts Processing with Overpressure
  • Hydrostatic Retorts
  • Continuous Rotary Retorts

Friday, March 11

  • Aseptic Processing and Packaging Systems
  • Batch Agitating Retorts
  • Flexible and Semirigid Containers


After satisfactory completion of the course you will be awarded a certificate. The certificate will list the subjects passed with a score of 70% or greater, and will be distributed at the end of each program.


A block of rooms have been reserved at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center for $99 night until Feb. 6, 2015. To book your room call 800-875-5090 and indicate you are with “MSU Extension” group code EXT030915.

Additional lodging options are available at

MSU reserves the right to cancel or reschedule the course due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If the short course is cancelled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for other costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation or change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.


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