The Federal Food & Drug Administration published in the Federal Register, March 16, 1979, Vol. 44, No. 53, a regulation titled, ACIDIFIED FOODS AND LOW—ACID FOODS IN HERMETICALLY SEALED CONTAINERS—MANUFACTURE & PROCESSING.  Parts 113.10 and 114.10, Personnel state:

“All operators of retorts, processing systems, and aseptic processing and packaging systems, and container closure inspectors shall be under operating supervision of a person who has attended a school approved by the Commissioner for giving instruction in retort operations, processing systems operations, aseptic processing and packaging systems operations, and container closure inspections, and has been identified by that school as having satisfactorily completed the prescribed course of instruction.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has selected Michigan State University as one of the authorized schools to present the Better Process Control School. Students who successfully complete this course will meet FDA certification requirements.


March 17-19, 2014  Two day: Acidified Foods, Better Process Control School

March 17-21, 2014  Four day: Acidified Foods and Low Acid Canned Foods, Better Process Control School

(The four day class will only take place if there are at least 15 people registered for this portion)

Monday – Registration 12:30 p.m., Class: 1-6 p.m.
Tuesday: Classes 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wednesday- Thursday: Classes 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday: Classes 8-11:30 a.m.


Michigan State University
Crop and Soil Science Teaching and Research (Agronomy Farm)
4450 Beaumont Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48825

Driving directions to Michigan State University are available at Free parking is available at the meeting location.


$ 770 per person - four-day, Acidified Foods and Low Acid Canned Foods, Better Process Control School 

$ 695 per person - for two or more people from the same company who register at the same time for the four-day, Acidified Foods and Low Acid Canned Foods, Better Process Control School

$ 410 per person - for the two-day Acidified Foods Course only

Registration fees include tuition, textbook, lunch and refreshment breaks.  Attendees receive the textbook prior to the school if registration and payment is received by February 28, 2014.  All registrations must immediately follow with payment.  The textbook will be mailed when payment is received.  Exams are given on textbook contents, therefore advance study is imperative.  Remember to bring the textbook with you to class. Registration DOES NOT cover hotel accommodations. 

You may withdraw from this course with a full refund less a $100 processing fee provided we are notified of the cancellation by February 28.  After this date, you will be responsible for the full registration fee if you register and do not attend.  A substitute from the original registrant’s institution or company may attend. 


Capital Region International Airport, 4100 Capital City Blvd. Lansing, MI  48906
phone: 517-321-6121, Fax: 517-321-6197


After each lecture and related discussion, a short study period will be given before the closed book examination for each of the following subjects.  The exams are standardized by the Grocery Manufacturers Association Science and Education Foundation with approval of the FDA.  A minimum score of 70% for each exam is required for passing.

Monday, March 17

  • Welcome
  • Introduction
  • Microbiology of Thermally Processed Foods
  • Principles of Food Plant Sanitation

Tuesday, March 18

  • Principles of Acidified Foods
  • Principles of Thermal Processing
  • Food Container Handling
  • Records and Recordkeeping
  • Equipment, Instrumentation, and Operation for Thermal Processing Systems

Wednesday, March 19 in the morning

  • Closures for Glass Containers
  • Demonstration of use of pH meter (optional)

The two day Acidified Foods course is complete after exams in the preceding topics are passed with 70% or greater score.

The following sections are required for the Low Acid Canned Foods course.

Wednesday, March 19 in the afternoon

  • Still Steam Retorts
  • Closures for Double Seamed Metal and Plastic Containers

Thursday, March 20

  • Aseptic Processing and Packaging Systems
  • Still Retorts Processing with Overpressure
  • Hydrostatic Retorts
  • Continuous Rotary Retorts

 Friday, March 21 (ending at 4:00p.m.)

  • Flexible and Semirigid Containers
  • Batch Agitating Retorts


After satisfactory completion of the course you will be awarded a certificate.  The certificate will list the subjects passed with a score of 70% or greater, and will be mailed to you in approximately 4 weeks.


A block of rooms have been reserved at the Candlewood Suites for $89 night until February 28. To book your rooms call (517) 351-8181  and indicate you are with the “Better Process Control School” or book online using group code TER..

Additional lodging options are available at

MSU reserves the right to cancel or reschedule the course due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.  If the short course is cancelled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for other costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation or change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

 For more information about the course contact ANR Event Services at (517) 353-3175 or