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January 2020

When: January 5, 2020 to January 11, 2020
Where: The Nittany Lion Inn, University Park

Learn the ins and outs of ice cream manufacturing as knowledgeable instructors take you from "Cow to Cone" at the 128th Penn State Ice Cream Short Course.

When: January 7, 2020 8:30 AM to January 9, 2020 5:00 PM
Where: University Park, PA

The Preventive Controls for Human Foods Certification Workshop provides approved training (FSPCA certificate) to meet FDA requirements for PCQI (Preventive Controls Qualified Individual) for the development and implementation of HACCP based systems as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations. Often referred to as HARPC, this 2 ½ day course was developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance, a broad-based alliance in cooperation with the FDA. This course is presented by FSPCA approved instructors from Penn State.

When: January 21, 2020 9:30 AM to January 23, 2020 12:00 PM
Where: Universirty Park, PA

This course covers the fundamentals of HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) and the application in meat and poultry processing operations. It provides the participant with hands-on experience in developing a HACCP plan.

When: January 24, 2020 11:00 AM to January 26, 2020 5:00 PM
Where: Erickson Food Science Building, University Park

Ice Cream 101: Introduction to Frozen Desserts is designed to provide anyone interested in ice cream with the basics of ice cream composition, formulation, and processing. The course focuses on the small-scale manufacturing of frozen desserts.

February 2020

When: February 1, 2020, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Interested in leadership development? Interested in intellectual and emotional growth? Interested to learn more about working in diverse teams? The Department of Food Science invites undergraduates and graduate students to apply for the 2020 Food Science Leadership Academy.

March 2020

When: March 5, 2020 8:30 AM to March 6, 2020 3:30 PM
Where: Glen Mills, PA

The Foreign Supplier Verification Workshop provides the credentials to meet FDA requirements for development and implementation of the Foreign Supplier Verification Program as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations. This 2 course was developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance, a broad-based public private alliance created by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) in cooperation with the Association of Food and Drug Officials. This course is presented by Lead Instructors from Penn State.

When: March 9, 2020, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: Glen Mills, PA

This course covers the fundamentals of assessing and managing the risk associated with intentional contamination in food manufacturing facilities. The course looks at preventive strategies, vulnerability assessments, and the development of a Food Defense Plan for the facility. Crisis management and product recall procedures are also discussed in the event a situation occurs.

When: March 10, 2020 8:30 AM to March 12, 2020 12:00 PM
Where: Glen Mills, PA

The Preventive Controls for Human Foods Certification Workshop provides the credentials to meet FDA requirements for development and implementation of HACCP based systems as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations. This 2 1/2 day course was developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance, a broad-based public private alliance created by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) in cooperation with the Association of Food and Drug Officials. This course is presented by certified Penn State instructors.

When: March 16, 2020 7:30 AM to March 19, 2020 4:45 PM
Where: 252 Rodney A. Erickson Food Science Building

The Better Process Control School (BPCS) is a 2-4 day school designed for manufacturers of shelf stable, acidified and low acidified foods (including pet foods). U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations in 21 CFR 108, 113, and 114 require that acidified and low acid food manufacturers operate with a certified supervisor on hand at all times during production. This BPCS also meets U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) regulations 9 CFR 318.300 and 381.300 for shelf stable, thermally processed meat and poultry products.

When: March 24, 2020 9:00 AM to March 26, 2020 12:30 PM
Where: Rodney A. Erickson Food Science Building

This 2.5 day workshop addresses the basic principles of sensory science from discrimination and acceptance testing to good laboratory procedures to the theoretical underpinnings for these practices.

When: March 24, 2020 9:30 AM to March 25, 2020 12:00 PM
Where: University Park, PA

Fundamentals of HACCP is a 2 day basic course in HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) taught by certified instructors with extensive experience in food safety training. Particular emphasis is on FDA regulated food products including fresh-cut fruits and vegetables (and mushrooms), juice and cider, baked goods, confections, snack foods, and egg and dairy products. This course is certified through International HACCP Alliance. This course incorporates regulations as currently proposed through FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act).

April 2020

When: April 1, 2020 8:30 AM to April 2, 2020 4:30 PM
Where: Ithaca, NY

This course covers the fundamentals of HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) and the application in meat and poultry processing operations. It provides the participant with hands-on experience in developing a HACCP plan. This course is certified by the International HACCP Alliance and meets USDA requirements for HACCP training.

When: April 14, 2020 8:30 AM to April 16, 2020 12:00 PM
Where: Pittsburgh, PA

The Preventive Controls for Human Foods Certification Workshop provides approved training (FSPCA certificate) to meet FDA requirements for PCQI (Preventive Controls Qualified Individual) for the development and implementation of HACCP based systems as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations. Often referred to as HARPC, this 2 ½ day course was developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance, a broad-based alliance in cooperation with the FDA. This course is presented by FSPCA approved instructors from Penn State.

June 2020

When: June 2, 2020 7:00 AM to June 4, 2020 3:00 PM
Where: Erickson Food Science Building, University Park

The Food Microbiology Short course provides insight into the most recent developments of food-borne pathogens, toxins, and contaminants that may occur in a food plant environment. The short course is delivered in classroom and laboratory environments and includes a mixture of theory, demonstrations, and practical sessions on the fundamentals of food microbiology and food safety. Attendees can develop a detailed understanding of the methods used to isolate important spoilage microorganisms and food-borne pathogens and the role of food microbiologist in ensuring safe food products.

Event Canceled
When: June 9, 2020 7:00 AM to June 11, 2020 1:00 PM
Where: Rodney A. 252 Erickson Food Science Building

A 2.5 day workshop that addresses principles of packaging science including legal and safety aspects, packaging functions and requirements, types of packaging materials, modified atmosphere packaging, active packaging, packaging for emerging processing technologies, shelf life and package testing among other relevant topics. The course involves theory, demonstrations and hands-on experiences along with presentations by packaging industry representatives.

When: June 15, 2020 to June 18, 2020
Where: Erickson Food Science Building, University Park, PA

This course teaches core concepts of Food Science. It is designed for technical personnel from other disciplines (chemistry, biology, engineering) and nontechnical personnel who have little or no experience in the food industry. You will learn vocabulary associated with food science and manufacturing, and learn the core principles of food chemistry, engineering, microbiology, nutrition, sensory science, and packaging taught in the context of real-world food examples.