July 18, 2011

The University of Kentucky Food Systems Innovation Center will conduct a Better Process Control School July 28-29 in Lexington. This is the first time this Food and Drug Administration-approved course has been offered in Kentucky.

FDA regulations require trained personnel to supervise the production of acidified foods and low-acid, canned foods. This course will train processors of acidified foods, thermally preserved and typically shelf-stable products and help to ensure safe products and reduce liability.

Topics covered will include FDA regulations, microbiology of thermally processed foods, food plant sanitation and principles of thermal processing.

Small- to medium-sized food manufacturers, farmers market vendors, production supervisors and anyone interested in a career in the acidified foods industry will find this course invaluable. It is presented in collaboration with the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the nation's premiere organization for food manufacturing-related training, policy support and conferences.

The Better Process Control School will be held in the Fayette County Extension office, 1140 Red Mile Place, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The registration fee is $185. Course participants who receive a passing score (70 percent or higher) on all exams will receive a certificate of training.

For more information contact Angela Anandappa at Angela.Anandappa@uky.edu or 859-257-7272, ext. 286. The registration form is available on the center's website, http://www.uky.edu/fsic/.