Better Process Control School

About BPCS

canned food
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Auburn University Better Process Control School (BPCS) offers instruction which fulfills the FDA and USDA Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) requirements to certify supervisors thermal processing systems, acidification and container closure evaluation programs for acidified canned foods.

Companies which manufacture low acid and acidified foods must operate with a certified supervisor on the premises when processing as specified in 21 CFR Part 108.25(f) and 108.35(g).

FDA’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. The BPCS provide the practical application of the principles set forth by these regulations.

Manual, Certificates & Reporting

Cost of the instruction Manual, Canned Foods—Acidified Foods Manufacturing School, is included in the registration fee. Within 30 days following successful completion of the course, the participant will receive a certificate. In addition, their name, company affiliation, and a list of course sections certified will be reported to FDA along with verification to their employer if requested.


Day 1
9:00 am Introduction/Announcements
10:00 am pH and Acidified Foods
12:00 pm LUNCH
1:30 pm Microbiology of Acidified Foods
3:15 pm GMPs and Sanitation
5:00 pm End for Day 1
Day 2
9:00 am Thermal Processing of Acidified Foods
10:30 am Containers & Closures
11:00 am Records & Record Keeping
12:00 pm LUNCH
1:30 pm Recalls
2:00 pm Schedule Process & Filing
5:00 pm End Day 2

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