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Better Process Control School

Course Code: LF0703CA15

Better Process Control School

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Dates & Time

Last Held: November 19-21, 2014
8:30am - 5:00pm (Check in time on Day 1: 8:00am)

Next offering TBD.

Description

Better Process Control School: Video Preview
Dr. Don Schaffner provides a quick tip for making processed foods safer.

Could your canned food products be vulnerable to contamination? By attending our Better Process Control School, you will learn how you can reduce your susceptibility and minimize your liability.

According to FDA regulations, each processor of low-acid and acidified low-acid canned foods, including pet foods, must operate with a trained supervisor on hand at all times. Similar USDA/FSIS regulations and training requirements are in place for thermally processed meat and poultry products. These regulations are designed to prevent public health problems in these types of foods. Our BPCS teaches the practical applications of the principles underlying these regulations.

Topics to be presented:

  • Aseptic processing and packaging systems
  • Retort operations
  • FDA Guidelines and regulation compliance
  • Microbiology of thermally processed foods
  • Principles of thermal processing
  • Food plant sanitation
  • Container closure evaluations

This course has been specifically designed for supervisors, quality control technicians, line workers involved in retort operations, aseptic processing and packaging system operators and container closure inspectors at facilities that produce or handle low-acid and acidified canned foods. Upon successful completion of the course and several exams (with a minimum passing score of 70%), you will be granted a certificate of training from Rutgers University.

Don’t take our word for it, see what past attendees say about the class.
View Recertification Credits
Download Brochure (PDF)

Fees
Early Registration Fee TBD  
Registration Fee TBD  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.

Meals

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided to you at no additional cost.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.

Location

GPS systems may not recognize campus addresses. Even if they take you to the correct building, they will not take you to the assigned parking lot. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

Agriculture Museum of New Jersey
103 College Farm Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Directions

Parking permit required for this location (will be provided to registrants).

Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.

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Would you like to be notified when the next offering is scheduled? 
Here are 3 convenient ways to be added to our mailing list:
1. Click here to join our mailing list (please reference "Better Process Control School" or Course Code LF0703) 
2. Call us at 732-932-9271
3. E-mail us at ocpe@njaes.rutgers.edu

Attention U.S. Veterans

All of the courses offered by the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education are approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for tuition reimbursement through the GI Bill. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.

Testimonials Collected from Course Evaluations (2008-2010)

Here's What Past Attendees Got Out of the Class:

"An understanding of equipment operation and critical functions of that equipment required to ensure food safety...essential in identifying capable suppliers."
-- Contract Manufacturing Account Manager, 2010 attendee


"Microbiology sanitation, aseptic packaging, closures, flexible packaging and measurement of free chlorine in product contact cooling water."
-- M. Battell, Quality Assurance Manager, 2010 attendee

"Differences between FDA and USDA requirements."
-- B. Denver, Supervisor, 2010 attendee

"Retort info - I can sign off on paperwork now."
-- Production Supervisor, 2010 attendee

"Better understanding of complex process. Able to communicate at a higher level with operators."
-- Registered Environmental Health Specialist, 2010 attendee

“I learned what back pressure actually is and now I can talk intelligently about it.”
-- K. Brinkley, Aseptic Process Operator, 2009 attendee


“Course provides solid foundation for any professional involved in thermal processing of food. Detailed thermal processing procedures and why they are important. I will use in new product development initiatives.
-- E. Van Gunst, Process Engineer, 2009 attendee

How pH affects the potency of some disinfectants.”
-- Quality Control Professional, 2009 attendee


"I found the breadth of the program useful, not a specific topic. I liked the teaching/testing format in that it forced concentration and attention to the most important parts. The course was well run and the material was covered well."
-- C. Branda, Manager, Plant Engineering and R&D, 2008 attendee


"Gained insight into what the FDA would be looking for during an audit."
-- C. Gonzalez, Production Manager, 2008 attendee

"Thermal process principals section will allow me to better understand our process and plan maintenance work accordingly."
-- W. Seiders, Maintenance Supervisor, 2008 attendee

"Excellent technical information and regulatory compliance information."
-- Director Quality Assurance, 2008 attendee

"A wealth of information condensed in [an] understandable form."
-- Regulatory Affairs Manager, 2008 attendee

Here's What Past Attendees Said About the Instructors:

“The quality of the instruction at this course was excellent.”
-- A. Geiger, QA Manager, 2009 attendee


“All presenters were very knowledgeable in their area of expertise. Great diversity of background and experience.”
-- T. Wright, Associate Process Engineer, 2009 attendee


Very detailed – liked his elaboration on glass and closures.”
-- E. Van Gunst, Process Engineer, 2009 attendee

Recertification Credits

The November 19-21, 2014 offering of this course was approved for the following credits. We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.

ATTENTION HEALTH OFFICERS AND REGISTERED ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALISTS:
Rutgers University, NJAES, Office of Continuing Professional Education has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). Participants who complete this education program will be awarded 21.25 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).

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