UT Offers Food Safety Training for Food Manufacturers and Entrepreneurs​

 
Canned foods
From Tuesday, September 22, through Friday, September 25, the University of Tennessee Department of Food Science and Technology Extension program will offer required training for manufacturers of acidified and low-acid canned food. Visit http://tiny.utk.edu/BPCS ​for more information.



KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Are you planning to start a food business selling your world famous pickles or other canned goods
?  If so, an upcoming workshop may be your first step to success.

From Tuesday, September 22, through Friday, September 25, the University of Tennessee Department of Food Science and Technology Extension program will offer required training for manufacturers of acidified and low-acid canned food.

The four-day certification course fulfills requirements of and is approved by the Food and Drug Administration and USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service to certify supervisors of low acid food canning processes and acidification as well as container closure evaluation operations for canning of low acid and acidified foods. Companies or individuals that manufacture low acid canned or acidified foods for sale must operate with a certified supervisor on the premises when processing, according to FDA and USDA regulations.

Acidified foods are any shelf stable product that includes an acidulant, such as vinegar, for preservation. Examples include pickled vegetables (e.g., corn relish, beets, green beans, etc.), salsa, chow-chow, quick cucumber pickles, pickled meats and eggs. Fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, are not acidified foods. Acidified foods also do not include any product that is intended to be refrigerated or frozen. Low acid canned foods are any shelf stable food product with a pH greater than 4.6 (e.g., vegetables, meats, fish).

The acidified foods portion of the course will take place on the first two days, while low-acid canned food manufacturers must participate in the full course. The course costs $450 for acidified-only and $550 for the entire course. The training will be offered at the Holiday Inn Knoxville Downtown, 525 Henley Street. These fees cover instruction materials, supplies, tuition, certificates, morning and afternoon snacks as well as lunch.

For more information, or to enroll, visit
http://tiny.utk.edu/BPCS or contact Lyssa McKenry at 865-974-7331 or lmckenry@utk.edu.

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; the UT College of Veterinary Medicine; UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers; and UT Extension with offices in all 95 Tennessee counties.

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Contact: 

Dr. Faith Critzer, Assistant Professor and UT Extension Specialist, 865-974-7331,
faithc@utk.edu

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