Better Process Control School offered during ANR Week

Certification courses from the Better Process Control School will take place March 8-11 during Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Week at Michigan State University (MSU).

February 8, 2016

Certification courses from the Better Process Control School will take place March 8-11 during Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Week at Michigan State University (MSU).

The courses will be offered at the Crop and Soil Sciences Teaching and Research (Agronomy) Farm. The Better Process Control School offers food-processing supervisors instruction and testing for certification in retort operations, process systems operations, aseptic processing and packaging systems operations, and container closure inspections. 

A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulation states that all container closure inspectors and operators of retorts, processing systems, and aseptic processing and packaging systems need to be under the supervision of an individual who has received certification from an approved school. 

Registration is available for two- or four-day courses. Registration fees cover tuition, textbook, lunches and refreshment breaks. Registration does not cover hotel accommodations. Courses and fees are:

    March 8-9: Two-day Acidified Foods Course -- $410 per person.

    March 8-11: Four-day Acidified Foods and Low-acid Canned Foods Course -- $770 per person OR $695 per person when two or more people from the same company register together.

Note: The four-day class will take place only if there are at least 15 people registered for this portion.

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 Record Keeping
  •     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. A passing grade is 70 percent or greater.

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 Semi-rigid Containers

At the end of each program, each attendee will be awarded a certificate listing the subjects the attendee passed with a score of 70 percent or greater..

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center for $105 a night. To book a room, call 800-875-5090 and indicate that you are with ANR Week. Additional lodging options are available at www.lansing.org.

To enroll in the course or view the class schedule, visit http://events.anr.msu.edu/BPCSMar2016/

For 100 years, the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), MSU Extension and MSU AgBioResearch have welcomed visitors to ANR Week.

For a complete list of ANR Week programs, conferences and educational opportunities, visit anrweek.canr.msu.edu or contact ANR Event Services at 517-353-3175 or events@anr.msu.edu.

 

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