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Better Process Control for Acidified Foods

This two-day Better Process Control School is specifically geared for certification of processing acidified foods - low-acid foods to which acid or an acidic food has been added - according to the FDA requirements in 21 CFR 114. Companies that manufacture acidified foods must operate with a certified supervisor on the premises when processing, as specified in by FDA in 21 CFR Part 108.25(f) and 108.35(g) or by USDA in 9 CFR 318.200 and 281.300.
The course offers instruction which fulfills the FDA and USDA Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) requirements to certify supervisors in acidification, thermal processing, and glass container closure evaluation during the canning of acidified foods. An overview of Federal Regulations for Acidified Foods will also be covered.

BONUS: An optional FREE half-day of training will be held Thursday morning. Topics include using and calibrating a pH meter and a hand-held thermometer, as well as proper procedures for hot-fill-hold processing. 

AREAS OF INSTRUCTION - FDA and USDA require approved BPC schools to follow certain guidelines. To assure the safety of canned foods, the schools must cover the critical factors that supervisors must monitor when processing acidified foods. 
To receive certification, participants are required to attend sessions and pass examinations on these six basic topics: 
* Microbiology of Thermally Processed Foods
* Food Container Handling
* Records and Record Keeping
* Principles of Food Plant Sanitation
* Principles of Thermal Processing
* Equipment, Instrumentation and Operation of Thermal Processing Systems

In addition, participants seeking certification for acidified food processing also must attend the following sessions and pass the respective examinations:
* Principles of Acidified Foods
* Closures for Glass Containers

Examination questions are prepared by the Food Processors Institute with the approval of FDA and USDA.Each exam consists of 10 to 40 multiple choice questions and requires a minimum score of 70 to pass. 

ABOUT THE COURSE Registration starts at 7:45 a.m. Classes start at 8:00 a.m. and dismiss at approximately 5:00 p.m. Optional instrument lab on Thursday will start at 8:00 a.m. and end at noon.

Pre-registration is required by October 7, 2016 - fee $400 USD. 
Limited to 30 participants, so register early! 

NOTE: Register three or more from the same company at the same time and receive a $50 per person discount on the registration fee. 

The registration fee includes participant instruction materials, two lunches, refreshment breaks, tuition and certificate. Lodging, breakfasts and evening meals are NOT included. 

ONLINE REGISTRATION with credit card payment:click the 'Add to Cart' button below.

CHECK/MONEY ORDER: Print and complete the registration form and fax to (706) 583-0992 to hold your place. Then mail the form with your check or money order, payable to the University of Georgia , for $400 per person to the address on the registration form.

CANCELLATION POLICY To cancel, make a substitution or verify registration, call the EFS office at 706.542.2574 or Email us . No charge for substitutions. Cancellations received before October 7, 2016, will be refunded. NO REFUND if received after October 7, 2016 , or NO SHOW.

NOTE: An email will be sent to all registrants two weeks prior to the course to confirm that the course will take place. Please do not make your travel arrangements until confirmation is received. EFS is not responsible for any penalties that may be incurred. 

Lodging, breakfasts, parking fees, and evening meals are NOT included in course registration fee. Participants are responsible for their own lodging. A block of rooms at the UGA Hotel at the Georgia Center, 1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, will be held until October 7, 2016. Call 1-800-884-1381 and request theblock code "ABPCS2016" to get special rate of $99.00 (1 king or 1 queen bed), plus tax. Or make your reservation online with a credit card, go to and enter the block code "ABPCS2016" and select the dates for your stay.

If you are driving to the course, please note that no public parking is available at the Food Science Building. Please park in the South Campus Parking Deck adjacent to the UGA Hotel at the Georgia Center, 1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens. From there, it is a short walk to the Food Science Building.

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TRANSPORTATION: Airline access to Athens is available via Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL), which is about 90 minutes away from Athens via ground transportation or 45 minutes by air.

SHUTTLE SERVICE from the Atlanta International Airport to the Georgia Center and other hotels in Athens is offered by Groome Transportation , which has 14 shuttles to and from Atlanta to Athens - see or call 706-410-2363 for the schedule and reservations. 

PRINT WORKSHOP BROCHURE Please see the calendar at for the workshop brochure for more travel and lodging details. Or call (706) 542-2574 if you have further questions. 

The University of Georgia is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or veteran status.