Upcoming Events

Better Process Control School

March 14-15, 2017 - Acidifed March 14-17, 2017 - Low Acid

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 14-15, 2017 - Two day: Acidified Foods, Better Process Control School

March 14-17, 2017 - Four day: Acidified Foods and Low Acid Canned Foods, Better Process Control School





Building off the success of the spring 2014 series hosted by Michigan State University Extension Services and The Downtown Market Grand Rapids Incubator Kitchen, Recipes for Success will offer free educational services to budding and accelerating food entrepreneurs.

Seminar #1 - Food Start Up Essentials: Working with a Food Lab, Packaging & Labeling, Licensing

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 7:30 am to 9:00 am

Dianne Novak - Specialized Services with MSU Product Center
Kevin Halfmann - Regional Supervisor from Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD)
Andrea Anson - Quality Assurance and Compliance Manager with SpartanNash
Moderator: Kay Cummings - MSU Product Center Innovation Counselor

Session #1 RSVP Downtown Market Grand Rapids - Facebook link

Seminar #2 - Breaking Into The Retail Market: Plus! Meet the Retailer

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 • 7:30 am to 9:00 am

Karen Bakewell – Director of Grocery, Frozen and Dairy Merchandising with SpartanNash
Monica Mitidieri – Founder, Monica’s Gourmet Cookies
Matt Birbeck – Senior Project Director with MSU Product Center
Moderator: Carlos Sanchez - Latino Business Development Director Ferris State University

Session #2 RSVP Downtown Market Grand Rapids - Facebook link

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