Food Science Extension

June 27-30, 2022 (in-person and virtual)

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. Questions? Contact Dr. Dharmendra Mishra.

To learn more, see the
Better Process Control School Brochure
May 9-12, 2022 (in-person)
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 2018, we will hold our 38th annual Aseptic Workshop open to the general public. Upon demand, Purdue Food Science can customize the workshop to fit your individual company's needs. Contact Dr. Dharmendra Mishra for details.


June 20-23, 2022 (in-person)

Validation workshop is designed for food processors that are already producing aseptic shelf-stable products or installing new commercial lines for future production needs. The workshop will provide insights into key aspects of validation and hands-on exercises with validation methods. Validation workshop will be helpful and suitable for process authorities, food and packaging engineers, microbiologists and those involved with the validation process at your facility.   Contact Dharmendra Mishra for questions related to content ​

Validation Workshop Brochure

Online Registration​

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 >>​

Produce Safety Alliance Good Agricultural Practices Grower Training​​

Find out if these newly established regulations effect your farm operation by going go to to learn more about the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  The rule is now final and the earliest compliance dates for some farms begin one year after January 4, 2011, when the rule was finalized.  The rule establishes, for the first time, science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption.   Contact Amanda Deering for questions  regarding content.​

Food Science Extension Web Sites
Food Science Extension Web Part Menu 
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. Amanda Deering​.  

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