IEH Academy

Better Process Control School (BPCS) Training

Course details

On-Site Training

30 Hours

Certificate of Completion

The Better Process Control School (BPCS) provides training to help assure safety and quality for manufacturers of shelf-stable, acidified, and low-acid foods (including pet foods). This course provides instruction that fulfills FDA regulations 21 CFR 108, 113, and 114 which require that each processor of low-acid or acidified foods operate with a certified supervisor on hand at all times during processing, and USDA/FSIS regulations 9 CFR 431 for thermally processed meat and poultry products.

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Course Description

The course curriculum is based on the guidelines from the Consumer Brands Association in conjunction with the FDA.  

IEH Academy is a recognized BPCS provider. This four-day food safety training course is offered by IEH’s processing experts who have extensive experience in aseptic, high acid, and retort operations and teaching.

Topics covered in the full training include:

  • Microbiology of Thermally Processed Foods
  • Sanitation for Retorts and Atmospheric Cookers
  • Cleaning for Continuous Systems
  • Double Seamed Metal and Plastic Containers
  • Closures for Glass and Twist-Off Plastic Containers
  • Flexible and Semirigid Containers
  • Introduction to Thermal Processing
  • Retort equipment and Operation
  • Batch Saturated Steam Retorts: Still and Agitating
  • Continuous Rotary Retorts
  • Retorts with Overpressure: Still and Agitating
  • Hydrostatic Retorts
  • Aseptic Processing and Packaging Systems
  • Mild Thermal Processes
  • Still Retorts Processing with Overpressure

Who Should Take This Course?

Personnel working in facilities that manufacture thermally processed foods, acidified or low-acid foods, including:

  • Food Safety and Regulatory Affairs Manager
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control Professionals
  • Retort operators
  • Plant personnel and supervisors
  • Staff Engineers
  • Research & Development / Product Development Professionals