Food Science Extension



May 9-12, 2016
The Better Process Control School certifies supervisors of thermal processing systems, acidification, and container closure evaluation programs for low-acid and acidified foods in closed containers. Each processor of low-acid or acidified foods must operate with a certified supervisor on hand at all times during processing. This school satisfies the training requirements specified in both the FDA and USDA regulations.
To learn more, see the
Better Process Control School Brochure
May 16, 2016 through May 19, 2016
The Aseptic Workshop at Purdue University incorporates a lecture and "hands on" laboratory format to review the essential scientific and engineering principles relevant to applying the aseptic technology. The "hands-on" activities include simulated process demonstrations, packaging integrity tests, testing methods in chemistry and microbiology, and displays of equipment components used in aseptic processing. The topics presented are an overview of aseptic processing and packaging, microbial principles applied to aseptic processing, chemical considerations, principles of thermal processing and thermo bacteriology, equipment features, packaging considerations and assessment the package's sealing integrity, and determination of a quality assurance program for a review of compliance issues relative to commissioning an aseptic system.
The Department has been a recognized leader in aseptic processing, starting with Dr. Phil Nelson's bulk aseptic storage in the late 1960s. In 2016, we will hold our 33rd annual Aseptic Workshop open to the general public. Upon demand, Purdue Food Science can customize the workshop to fit your individual company's needs. Please call Steve Smith at (765) 494- 7706 or email for further questions on having a customized workshop.

March 21, 2016

Purdue University offers a 1-day training workshop of SEGMENT 2 ONLY Seafood HACCP Class, which meets the body of knowledge requirements established by the FDA for HACCP training as outlined in 21 CFR Part 123.10, incorporating the training curriculum developed by the Seafood HACCP Alliance. The 1-day workshop will review HACCP principles, FDA regulations, and the FDA Hazards Guide. Groups will conduct a Hazard Analysis and develop a HACCP plan for a model business given to you by the instructor. To learn more, see  Seafood HACCP Course.

Seafood HACCP Registration
Online registration


DATE TBD, 2016

Purdue University’s 2.5-day Seafood HACCP Class, meets the body of knowledge requirements established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for HACCP training as outlined in 21 CFR Part 123.10, incorporating the training curriculum developed by the Seafood HACCP Alliance. The 2.5-day workshop on the basic principles of HACCP consists of lectures and hands-on practical exercises. 

Seafood HACCP Course Registration (coming soon)
Online registration (coming soon)

Webinar now available online through Purdue Extension Education Store
With the significant popularity of farmers markets more and more people are looking to produce and sell their own special products. In 2009, the Indiana General Assembly created a home-based vendor exemption (House Enrolled Act 1309) for food entrepreneurs. House Enrolled Act 1309 created a unique opportunity for individuals to produce products out of their home kitchens under the home based vendor exemption. While HEA 1309 has opened a door of significant opportunity there are limitations to the rule in place to protect consumers from potential health risks with foodborne illness. This webinar looks to delve into both the opportunities and the limitations of HEA 1309, the science behind the regulations and safe/best practices for food production. Each topic session will also feature a special guest; someone who is a successful home based vendor or entrepreneur that will share their story.
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Food safety is one of the most important issues currently faced by food service and retail food establishments. To ensure that retail food establishments have access to the information they need to safeguard their customers, the Cooperative Extension Service of Purdue University is offering new food safety training and manager certification programs.

Three nationally recognized Retail Food Manager's Certification courses, including 1) Essentials of Food Safety and Sanitation, 2) SuperSafeMark, and 3) ServSafe, are offered monthly throughout the state. A-2-hour program for sub-management level workers, called "Food Safety Day" is also now available.  More details >>​
Food Sanitation is a distance education course administered through the Department of Food Science. The course is a three credit hour class that is designed for traditional college students as well as satisfying continuing education requirements for distance education learners in an industry setting. Graduate student credit requires completion of an additional project. Please consult Dr. Kevin Keener regarding the specifics of this requirement. This course provides an introduction to hygienic practices, requirements for sanitation programs and modern sanitation practices in food processing facilities.
Food Science Extension Web Sites
Food Science Extension Web Part Menu 
Good Agricultural Practices (GAPS) Information for Extension Educators - A collaborative project by Cornell, Purdue, and 14 other land grant universities.
Indiana Wine Grape Council - Specializing in enology, marketing, and viticulture, the Indiana Wine Grape Council strengthens and promotes Indiana's wine industry.
Retail Food Safety Information for Extension Educators - Materials on Food Safety in retail environments. For further information contact Dr. Manpreet Singh.
International Food Technology Center - Based on recognized research and analytical expertise in food production, processing, and marketing, already in place at Purdue, the International Food Technology Center (IFTC) is a food processing-based center designed to link farmers to markets and is geared to meet the increasing demand for food and economic growth in agriculturally-based developing economies.