Better Process Control School - March 2021

March 8, 2021 - March 19, 2021

Online via zoom


Contact: For more information about the course contact ANR Event Services at 517-353-3175 or events@anr.msu.edu.

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.

DATES:              

March 8-12, 2021: Acidified Foods, Better Process Control School

March 8-19, 2021: Acidified Foods and Low Acid Canned Foods, Better Process Control School

All synchronous sessions will take place 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. EST.

PLACE:            

Online, live synchronous sessions via Zoom.

FEES:                  

$500 per person - five-day, Acidified Foods and Low Acid Canned Foods, Better Process Control School 

$400 per person - for the five-day Acidified Foods Course only

Registration fees include tuition. All registrations must immediately follow with payment. Registration DOES NOT include text books. After registering, you will receive an email confirmation with information about purchasing the required text book. Text books cost $110. Exams are open book.

You may withdraw from this course with a full refund less a $100 processing fee provided we are notified of the cancellation by Feb. 26. 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. 

SUBJECTS:

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.

Monday, March 8

  • 11 a.m. - Welcome
  • 11:15 a.m. - Chapter 1
  • 11:30 a.m. - Chapter 2
  • 1:10 p.m. - Exam

Tuesday, March 9

  • 11 a.m. - Welcome, chapter 3
  • 12:15 p.m. - Exam
  • 12:50 - Chapter 4

Wednesday, March 10

  • 11 a.m. - Welcome, chapter 4
  • 11:35 a.m. - Chapter 5
  • 12:50 p.m. - Exam
  • 1:25 p.m. - Chapter 6

Thursday, March 11

  • 11 a.m. - Welcome; chapter 6, continued
  • 11:40 a.m. - Exam
  • 12:15 p.m. - Chapter 7
  • 1:30 p.m. - Exam

Friday, March 12

  • 11 a.m. - Welcome, chapter 8
  • 12:05 p.m. - Exam
  • 12:35 p.m. - Chapter 16
  • 1:40 p.m. - Exam

*The Acidified Foods course is complete after exams in the preceding topics are passed with 70% or greater score.*

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

Monday, March 15

  • 11 a.m. - Welcome, chapter 9
  • 12:10 p.m. - Exam
  • 12:55 p.m. - Chapter 10

Tuesday, March 16

  • 11 a.m. - Welcome, exam
  • 11:35 a.m. - Chapter 11
  • 12:40 p.m. - Exam
  • 1:15 p.m. - Chapter 12

Wednesday, March 17

  • 11 a.m. - Welcome; chapter 12, continued
  • 11:25 a.m. - Exam
  • 12 p.m. - Chapter 13
  • 1 p.m. - Exam
  • 1:35 p.m. - Video

Thursday, March 18

  • 11 a.m. - Welcome, chapter 14
  • 12:15 p.m. - Exam
  • 12:50 p.m. - Chapter 15

Friday, March 19

  • 11 a.m. - Welcome; chapter 15, continued
  • 11:30 a.m. - Exam
  • 12:05 p.m. - Chapter 17
  • 1:10 p.m. - Exam

CERTIFICATE:

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 via email after successful completion of each program.

MSU reserves the right to cancel or reschedule the course due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If the course is cancelled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees.

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