Better Process Control School

Sign-Ups are Closed

Sign-ups for this workshop are closed. For more information please contact Jill Gifford.

Purpose Of School

The Food and Drug Administration'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 three-day Better Process Control School provides the practical application of the principles set forth by these regulations. These FDA regulations also apply to low-acid canned companion animal foods.

According to FDA's 21 CFR 114 the definition of acidified foods means "low-acid foods to which acid(s) or acid food(s) are added; these foods may include, but are not limited to, beans, cucumbers, cabbage, artichokes, cauliflower, peppers, salsas, some sauces, and fish, singly or in any combination. They have a water activity (aw) greater than 0.85 and have a finished equilibrium pH of 4.6 or below". Exemptions would include acid foods, repacked acidified foods, fermented foods, carbonated beverages, jams, jellies, preserves, and refrigerated foods.

The course equips professionals with a scientific understanding of thermal processes and strategies of pathogen control, first and foremost clostridium botulinum. By law, each processor of these types of foods must operate with a trained supervisor on hand at all times.

Intended Audience

Supervisors of thermal food processing operations, acidified food processing operations, and food container closure operations.

Topic Sections

  • FDA Regulations
  • Microbiology of Thermally Processed Foods
  • Principles of Acidified Foods
  • Principles of Thermal Processing
  • Principles of Food Plant Sanitation
  • Food Container Handling
  • Records and Recordkeeping
  • Equipment, Instrumentation, and Operation for Thermal Processing Systems
  • Still Steam Retorts
  • Still Retorts: Processing with Overpressure
  • Hydrostatic Retorts
  • Continuous Rotary Retorts
  • Batch Agitating Retorts
  • Aseptic Processing and Packaging Systems
  • Closures for Double Seamed Metal and Plastic Containers
  • Closures for Glass Containers
  • Flexible and Semirigid Containers


The University of Nebraska Food Processing Center Better Process Control School is approved by the FDA and follows the prescribed course of instruction for certification. Each section if followed by an exam. To successfully complete the school attendees must pass each exam, standardized by the Food Processors Institute, with a score of 70% or higher. Upon the successful completion of the school, participants become certified and their names are submitted to the FDA. In addition, each attendee successfully completing the course receives a certificate from the University of Nebraska Food Processing Center


Dr. Jayne Stratton
Better Process Control School Director - The Food Processing Center
Research Associate Professor - The Food Processing Center
Laboratory Services Manager - The Food Processing Center

Dr. Andreia Bianchini
Associate Professor - University of Nebraska Food Science and Technology Department

Russell Parde
Associate Pilot Plant Manager - The Food Processing Center

Steve Weier
General Pilot Plant Manager - The Food Processing Center

Dates & Location

September 25 – September 27, 2018

The workshop will be conducted at The Graduate Lincoln Hotel in downtown Lincoln, NE, 141 North 9th Street.  The hotel is located in Lincoln's Haymarket District and many restaurants are within walking distance of the hotel. Attendees are responsible for making and paying for their own hotel reservations.  A limited number of rooms at The Graduate Lincoln Hotel, have been reserved at a discounted price of $124 + tax per night. This rate is for 1-2 people per room and includes a hot breakfast in the hotel restaurant each morning. This special pricing will be available until September 15th or until the room block is full. To obtain the discounted pricing please reference the Better Process School.  In addition, the hotel has a parking garage and offers free shuttle service to and from the Lincoln airport.


The fee for this 2 1/2 day workshop, which includes book and break refreshments, is $650 per person.

Participants will be allowed time each day to purchase lunch at their own expense at a nearby restaurant

Nebraska companies may be eligible for funding assistance through Nebraska Workforce Development. Please visit the following website for additional information:


Registration Deadline - September 1, 2018.

Space is limited - early registration is encouraged.

Refunds will not be offered for cancelled registrations.

Click the button to register.  For questions or to register by phone please contact Jill Gifford at 402-472-2819 or

On-Site Presentations

The Food Processing Center also presents this school for companies or agencies at their site. Please contact Jill Gifford at 402-472-2819 or to discuss this option.

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