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Understanding Acidified Foods – Better Process Control School Training

October 8, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm


Interested in canning salsa, pickles, and other acidified foods for sale in Maryland? SMADC and instructor Dr. Y. Martin Lo are offering a ‘virtual’ Better Process School Class in the fall of 2020 for interested producers and small food processors.

You must successfully complete an approved FDA Better Process Control School Class (BPCS) for Acidified Foods before engaging in the commercial production of acidified foods; this is a requirement of both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Maryland Department of Health (MDH).

The “Understanding Acidified Foods” workshop is designed to teach the basics of food safety requirements and regulation in the manufacture of acidified foods in Maryland. This course satisfies the FDA Better Process Control School Acidified Foods requirement.

Whether you have a business that you wish to expand, or you are just in the planning stage, the Acidified Foods Workshop will be helpful for you.

Registration Fee: $160 per person. Fee includes materials.

Tickets available at https://better-process-school.eventbrite.com.

Tentative Class Agenda:

o 8:45-9:00 Technology Set-up and Check-in

o 9:00-9:20 Welcome; Overview of Acidified Foods

o 9:20-10:15 Microbiology of Thermally Processed Foods

o 10:15-10:25 Break

o 10:25-10:50 Prerequisites for Food Processing (water source and sanitation)

o 10:50-11:40 Principles of Acidified Foods

o 11:40-12:00 Exam #1

o 12:00-12:30 Lunch; Discussion

o 12:30-1:10 pH Control and Measurement

o 1:10-2:00 Registration and Filing with FDA

o 2:00-2:30 Principles of Thermal Processing

o 2:30-2:40 Break

o 2:40-3:20 Principles of Thermal Processing (cont.)

o 3:20-4:00 Food Container Handling; Closure of Glass Containers

o 4:00-4:20 Records and Record Keeping

o 4:20-4:40 Exam #2

o 4:40-5:00 Q&A and Summary

The ‘virtual’ class will be conducted through Microsoft Teams. Instructions will be emailed to participants.


SMADC has provided scholarships (subject to the availability of funds) to assist producers with the cost of training at an approved FDA Better Process Control School Class (BPCS) hosted in Maryland. The SMADC scholarship award is integral to SMADC’s ongoing Acidified Foods initiative to enable increased opportunity for farms to profit through the manufacture of value-added farm products.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be farmers/producers resident and farming in one of the five counties of Southern Maryland (Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s and Prince George’s counties).

For scholarship information, please contact Susan McQuilkin at: 240-528-8850, Ex. 327


October 8, 2020
8:30 am - 5:00 pm




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