Better Process Control School will be offered at Iowa State University

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Iowa State University’s Center for Crops Utilization Research (CCUR) will offer a Better Process Control School Nov. 13–16. 

The Better Process Control School certifies supervisors of thermal processing systems, acidification and container closure evaluation programs for low-acid and acidified foods in closed containers. All low-acid and acidified food processors must have a certified supervisor on hand at all times during processing. This course satisfies the training requirements for both FDA and USDA regulations. 

Persons who want to manufacture and sell low-acid or acidified food in sealed containers without refrigeration need to know the federal regulations, the equipment needed, the process requirements, the packaging requirements, the sanitation requirements and the risk associated with failure.

Each person planning to be certified as a supervisor of a special thermal processing system, or systems, must attend the lectures and pass the examinations for those specific subjects, in addition to the lectures and examinations on the following subjects:

  • Food microbiology of canning
  • Food container handling
  • Food plant sanitation
  • Records for production protection
  • Principles of thermal processing
  • Process room instrumentation, equipment and operation

The Better Process Control School will be held at CCUR’s Technology Transfer Theater, 1951 Food Sciences Building, Ames, Iowa, starting at 8 a.m. each day. ­­­The registration fee is $800 and includes the textbook Canned Foods: Principles of Thermal Process Control, Acidification and Container Closure Evaluation published by GMA Science and Education Foundation, lunches, and morning and afternoon refreshment breaks. The registration deadline is October 15, 2017. Online registration is available at

The Better Process Control School is sponsored by CCUR and the Center for Industrial Research and Service, in cooperation with Grocery Manufacturers Association and U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


Peggy Best, Center for Crops Utilization Research administrative specialist, 515-294-1646,
Kevin Keener, Center for Crops Utilization Research director, 515-294-4365,