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Better Process Control School

Next Workshop: 7 - 10 January 2019. Registration is NOW open

The four-day school is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and the LSU School of Nutrition and Food Sciences in cooperation with GMA SEF and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The next BPCS is scheduled for January 2018 in J. Norman Efferson Hall, on the LSU Campus.


The Better Process Control Schools (BPCS) certify supervisors of thermal processing systems, acidification, and container closure evaluation programs for low-acid and acidified canned foods. According to the FDA/USDA guidelines, each processor of low-acid or acidified foods must operate with a certified supervisor on hand at all times during processing.

To assist food industries in complying with the FDA/USDA regulations, a four-day Better Process Control School for supervisors of food canning plants is offered by the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences at Louisiana State University in conjunction with the FDA and the Grocery Manufacturers Association Science & Education Foundation (GMA SEF).


Instruction is given by members of the LSU AgCenter School of Nutrition and Food Sciences and by experts appointed by the FDA and GMA SEF.

Experience with nationally conducted Better Process Control Schools has shown that students benefit when the examination is given immediately following the lecture and group discussion for each subject covered in the course. Examinations will be graded as quickly as possible so that instructors are aware of the individual participant’s understanding of the subject matter presented.

Opportunities will be provided by the staff during the four-day seminar for specific questions and/or clarifications, which may occur individually or collectively.


Satisfactory completion of the course ensures that the participant is acquainted with:

  • Those critical points in the thermal processing of low-acid foods in hermetically-sealed containers where errors can be costly.
  • The need for control programs which will detect deviations from safe operating procedures.
  • The processing irregularities which must be dealt with using investigative and evaluative procedures which are adequate to prevent unsafe foods from entering the distribution channels.


Next courses: 7 - 10 January 2019. Registration is now open

Registrations is NOW OPEN. Costs, registration form, and other details, are below. Don't forget to mark your calendar for 7 - 10 January 2019

The registration fee is $875 per person, which includes the cost of the manuals, certificate, materials, meals and coffee breaks.

Advanced registration is required. Space is limited, so please register early.

If registered by Friday, 14 December 2018, the early registation fee is $850. Online registration closes Thursday, 20 December 2018. Registration is not guaranteed after this date. Cancellations before December 20th will be refunded in full, minus a processing fee, provided notification is received in writing or by telephone followed by written notification. A substitute from the original registrant’s institution or company may attend the seminar.


Download: Information and Registration Form (PDF)

Online registration: LSU AgCenter Registraion Portal

Contact Information

Registration Questions
Celika Murphy
Phone: 225-578-5207
Email: cmurphy@agcenter.lsu.edu

revised: 20-Feb-2019 17:24