Better Process Control School
|Better Process Control School
(In-Person - 2016)
Better Process Control School will be held February 9th - 12th, 2016, at UC Davis Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) - click for directions.
Registration will open in late November or early December of 2016
Registration is $700 per person.
We also offer an ONLINE Better Process Control School.
Better Process Control School ACIDIFIED FOODS ONLY In-Person Course, Feb. 9th - 11th, 2016 FOR SMALL PROCESSORS who don't need the full course/large retort chapters.
What is the BPCS?
The Better Process Control School (BPCS) was established by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for operating supervisors of commercial food canning operations. It is approved by the FDA and the California Department of Public Health, Food and Drug Branch. The UC Davis Better Process Control School is offered in conjunction with the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the largest trade association serving the food and beverage processing industry worldwide. We also partner with the University of California Laboratory for Research in Food Preservation, who provides two experienced lecturers.
Link to all BPCS Nationwide Courses
Who Should Attend?
The BPCS was established primarily for operating supervisors, the individual who is in the plant at the time a canned food product is packed and processed. The school is particularly intended for operating supervisors involved in production of thermally processed low acid and acidified foods. Production of these canned foods is covered by FDA regulations.
Instructional materials (books, lectures, examinations) will be given in the English language. Attendees must be proficient in English to attend the school; there will be no additional tutoring given should attendees have difficulty comprehending th material.
Diane M. Barrett, Fruit & Vegetable Products Specialist, University of California, Davis (School Coordinator and Instructor)
Linda J. Harris, Food Microbiologist Specialist, University of California, Davis
Brad Shafer, Research Associate, UC Laboratory for Research in Food Preservation & GMA
Mark Deniston, Research Associate, UC Laboratory for Research in Food Preservation
Agency Representatives - from USDA, FDA, California Dept. of Public Health (Food and Drug Branch) and the California League of Food Processors.
- Food Container Handling
- Microbiology of Thermally Processed Foods
- Acidified Foods
- Records for Product Protection
- Food Plant Sanitation
- Principles of Thermal Processing
- Process Room instrumentation, Equipment and Operation
- Closures for Semirigid and Flexible Containers
- Closures for Glass Containers
- Still Retorts - Pressure processing in Steam
- Still Retorts - Pressure processing with Overpressure
- Agitating Retorts - Continuous Container Handling
- Agitating Retorts - Discontinuous Container Handling
- Aseptic Processing and Packaging Systems
- Hydrostatic Retorts - Continuous Container Handling
- Closures for Metal Containers
- Note: Class will end about 3:30 pm. on Friday
The enrollment fee of $700.00 includes all instruction, course materials, continental breakfasts, four lunches, and morning and afternoon coffee breaks. Course materials are mailed to participants for review two weeks prior to the class.
Accommodations and Parking
For local hotel information please see the Yolo County Visitor's Guide website. You might find this page helpful as well: "Welcome to Davis" from the UC Davis Postharvest Technology Research and Information Center. Campus parking permits will be available to those attending the class. When registering, please check the box on the online registration form to indicate that you will need a visitor parking permit.