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General Information:

The University of Tennessee
Better Process Control School For Acidified Foods

August 18-19, 2009

Agricenter International
The University of Tennessee Extension
7777 Walnut Grove Road
Suite B, Box 21
Memphis, TN 38120

The University of Tennessee Better Process Control School for Acidified Foods offers instruction which fulfills the FDA and USDA Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) requirements to certify supervisors of acidification and container closure evaluation operations during the canning of acidified foods. Companies which manufacture acidified foods must operate with a certified supervisor on the premises when processing as specified in 21CFR Part 108.25(f) (FDA).

P. Michael Davidson
William C. Morris

Department of Food Science and Technology

Download Brochure for detailed program information and schedule (91 kb PDF)

Areas of Instruction: FDA and USDA require approved BPC Schools to follow certain guidelines. To assure the safety of acidified foods, Schools must cover the critical factors supervisors must know when processing acidified foods. Participants seeking certification are required to attend a Better Process Control School and pass examinations on these topics:
- Microbiology of Thermally Processed Foods
- Food Container Handling
- Records and Recordkeeping
- Principles of Food Plant Sanitation
- Principles of Thermal Processing
- Equipment, Instrumentation, and Operation for Thermal Processing Systems

Participants seeking certification in specific processing systems must attend that session and are required to pass the respective examination. Process systems offered for certification include:
- Principles of Acidified Foods

Participants seeking certification for a specific container closure system must attend that session and pass the respective examination. Closure sessions offered for certification include:
- Closures for Glass Containers

Examination questions are prepared by the GMA Science and Education Foundation. with the approval of FDA and USDA. Each examination consists of 10-20 questions and requires a minimum score of 70% to pass.

Course Schedule:
Date: August 18-19, 2009 (CST)
Time: 8:30 am (CST)

Pre-registration with payment is mandatory. Registration fee is non-refundable. The registration fee is $200 (by Aug 11), $250 (after Aug 11). To enroll, complete the online registration form and send a check or money order payable to The University of Tennessee and mail to:

Nancy Austin
The University of Tennessee
Food Science & Technology
2605 River Drive, 116 FSPB
Knoxville, TN 37996-4591

You can also pay the enrollment fee online by credit card:
Please click here to pay the enrollment fee online.


From Nashville, Tennessee:
Travel I-40 west, exit Germantown Road (exit 16A). Go south on Germantown Road approximately 5 miles. You will go under the overpass at Walnut Grove Road, turn right at the stop light at Timbercreek. This is the entrance... Agricenter Expo Center is the large grayish white building, past the Butcher Shop Restaurant.

From Jackson, Mississippi:
Travel I-55 north towards Memphis. Follow signs to I-240 east (exit 6A). Follow I-240 east until you reach Walnut Grove (exit 13) heading east. Go east on Walnut Grove approximately 2 1/2 miles. Turn right into the Agricenter entrance... Agricenter Expo Center is the large grayish white building on the right past the Ducks Unlimited entrance.

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