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March 2019

When: March 12, 2019, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: Malvern, 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 13, 2019 8:00 AM to March 14, 2019 3:30 PM
Where: Malvern, 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 18, 2019 8:30 AM to March 20, 2019 1:00 PM
Where: Glen Mills, 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: March 26, 2019 8:30 AM to March 28, 2019 5:00 PM
Where: University Park, PA

The Preventive Controls for Human Foods – Dairy Foods Processing course (FSPCA curriculum) replaces the Dairy HACCP workshop (NCIMS curriculum) to provide standardized training for Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals (PQCIs) to meet the FDA requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The Preventive Controls for Human Foods – Dairy Foods Processing course (FSPCA curriculum) replaces the Dairy HACCP workshop (NCIMS curriculum) to provide standardized training for Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals (PQCIs) to meet the FDA requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

When: March 26, 2019 9:00 AM to March 28, 2019 12:15 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.

April 2019

When: April 2, 2019 8:30 AM to April 3, 2019 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 16, 2019 to April 18, 2019 12:00 PM
Where: Pittsburgh, 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: April 29, 2019 7:30 AM to May 2, 2019 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.

May 2019

When: May 21, 2019 7:00 AM to May 23, 2019 4:00 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.

June 2019

When: June 3, 2019 to June 6, 2019
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.

When: June 11, 2019 7:00 AM to June 13, 2019 2:30 PM
Where: Erickson Food Science Building, University Park

This short course is designed to introduce participants to a basic understanding of molds, yeasts and mycotoxins that may occur in foods and in processing environments.

September 2019

When: September 24, 2019 to September 26, 2019
Where: Erickson Food Science Building, University Park

This 3-day course begins with an overview of cultured product processing, dairy ingredients, and starter cultures. These principles are applied in lectures on the manufacture of buttermilk, cottage cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, yogurt, Greek-style yogurt, cultured milk drinks, and novel products.

October 2019

When: October 9, 2019 8:30 AM to October 10, 2019 11:30 AM
Where: 244 Erickson Food Science Building

This workshop addresses everything you need to know about descriptive analysis. The first day and a half will focus on what, why, and how to conduct descriptive analysis. The optional last half day will feature a Compusense data workshop covering panelist assessment and training using their Feedback Calibration Method and Descriptive Analysis Workbook.

When: October 15, 2019 to October 17, 2019
Where: Erickson Food Science Building, University Park

The Food Safety and Sanitation for Food Manufacturers Short Course is a comprehensive 2 1/2-day program on the essentials of sanitation in food processing plants.

When: October 29, 2019 to October 31, 2019
Where: Erickson Food Science Building, University Park

Participants in this 3 day course will gain knowledge on the operational and regulatory procedures used for pasteurization, with an emphasis on milk.

November 2019

When: November 11, 2019 8:00 AM to November 14, 2019 3:00 PM
Where: 252 Rodney A. Erickson Food Science Building

Farmstead and artisan dairy processors and others interested in cheese that take this course will gain knowledge of the materials and processes used to make specialty cheese and learn techniques to improve their business. This 4 day course begins with a focus on the materials used for cheese making. Knowledge of milk composition and milk microbiology combined with good sanitation practices form the foundation for consistent manufacture of high quality cheese.

June 2020

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.