Better Process Control School for Acidified Foods Online Course

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - 8:00am to Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 4:00pm


KMS has a peer MEP Center in Nebraska who is part of the Food Safety in the Heartland group.  Nebraska MEP is hosting a Better Process Control School for Acidified Food Course online that Kansas food manufacturers can participate in. 

The Food and Drug Administration's regulations in 21 CFR 108, 113, and 114 became effective May 15, 1979. These regulations are designed to prevent public health problems in low-acid and acidified low-acid canned foods. Those making the foods that meet the following definition should attend acidified foods course.

According to FDA's 21 CFR 114 the definition of acidified foods means "low-acid foods to which acid(s) or acid food(s) are added; these foods may include, but are not limited to, beans, cucumbers, cabbage, artichokes, cauliflower, peppers, salsas, some sauces, and fish, singly or in any combination. They have a water activity (aw) greater than 0.85 and have a finished equilibrium pH of 4.6 or below". Exemptions would include acid foods, repacked acidified foods, fermented foods, carbonated beverages, jams, jellies, preserves, and refrigerated foods.

This two day school provides the practical application of the principles set forth by these regulations. These FDA regulations also apply to low-acid canned companion animal foods. This school DOES NOT satisfy retort processing requirements. Individuals requiring this certification should attend the Better Process Control School. This school is specifically designed for individuals with little or no food science or food safety background.

The course equips attendees with a scientific understanding of thermal processes and strategies of pathogen control, first and foremost clostridium botulinum. By law, each processor of these types of foods must operate with a trained supervisor on hand at all times.

Intended Audience

Supervisors of shelf stable, acidified low acid food processing operations, and food container closure operations.

Topic Sections

FDA Regulations
Microbiology of Thermally Processed Foods
Principles of Acidified Foods
Principles of Thermal Processing
Principles of Food Plant Sanitation
Food Container Handling
Records and Recordkeeping
Equipment, Instrumentation, and Operation for Thermal Processing Systems
Closures for Glass Containers
Flexible and Semirigid Containers


The University of Nebraska Food Processing Center Better Process Control School for Acidified Foods is approved by the FDA and follows the prescribed course of instruction for certification. Each section is followed by an exam. To successfully complete the school attendees must pass each exam, standardized by the Food Processors Institute, with a score of 70% or higher. Upon the successful completion of the school, participants become certified and their names are submitted to the FDA. In addition, each attendee successfully completing the course receives a certificate from the University of Nebraska Food Processing Center.

Computer Requirements

Participants must have video and audio capability and connectivity to Zoom during both days of the course. To find out if you have the required equipment, please download the Acidified Foods BPCS Virtual Instructions file by clicking on the link below. This document will provide you with the information and requirements necessary to attend this course



The fee for this 2 day workshop, which includes a textbook is $450 per person.

Space is limited - early registration is encouraged.

All participants must pre-register.

Registration Deadline – June 15, 2020

Refunds will not be offered for canceled registrations.