We provide assistance to ensure safety and stability of food products entering the marketplace including:

  • Lab analysis for pH, water activity, and Brix measurement of food and beverage products.
  • Process Authority approval and Scheduled Process: Product review, documentation, and process validation.
  • Resources for nutrition analysis, co-packers, packaging suppliers, shelf-life studies and more.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Registration and licensing with state and federal agencies.
  • Small Scale Food Entrepreneurship: A technical guide for food ventures.
  • Better Process Control School: Necessary certification for acidified and low-acid food manufacturers.
  • Contact snp47 [at] cornell.edu (Shannon Prozeller) if you're interested in presentations and workshops. 

Service fees

The Better Process Control Schools (BPCS) certify supervisors and manufacturers using thermal processing systems, acidification and container closure evaluation programs for low-acid and acidified canned foods. This school satisfies the training requirements specified in both the FDA and USDA regulations for these types of products.

The school is divided into two parts, Acidified and Low Acid canned foods. Cornell’s Food Venture Center is currently offering the Acidified foods certification as an online training program conducted over the course of two days.  Participants will receive a certificate after successful completion.

Upcoming online Acidified Foods courses are scheduled for:

  • August 9th & 10th, 2022 - This course is full
  • November 2nd & 3rd, 2022

Acidified Foods Course:

$360.00 plus an $85.00 cost of the required book.

After registering, you will receive a link to purchase the required book at a discounted rate.  It will be sent to you directly from the source.  Be sure to order the book with enough time to have it by the start of the course. 

Registration for our next course will be available soon!

If you would like to be added to our registration notification list for any of these courses please provide your information here.

Contact information: gro2 [at] cornell.edu (Gemma Osborne); 315-787-2248

 

INSTRUCTORS

Dr. Olga Padilla-Zakour 
Professor of Food Processing  
Director of the Cornell Food Venture Center        

Dr. Bruno Xavier
Process Authority
Associate Director of the Cornell Food Venture Center

 

Both Dr. Padilla-Zakour and Dr. Xavier have extensive experience and knowledge of food regulations, processing and safety.  The Cornell Food Venture Center (CFVC) is recognized as a Processing Authority by state and federal regulatory agencies. CFVC provides education and comprehensive technical assistance to food entrepreneurs and food companies as part of Cornell University’s land grant mission.

 

New York state business

$30 one time fee

Non-New York state business

$55 one time fee

New York state business

$25 per sample/per test

Non-New York state business

$38 per sample/per test

 

Current turnaround is 1 week

New York state business

$40 per product

Non-New York state business

$70 per product

 

Current turnaround is 2-3 weeks

New York state business

$85 per product / $170 per product (expedited)

Non-New York state business

$150 per product / $300 per product (expedited)

 

Current turnaround is 7-8 weeks (regular service) / 3-4 weeks (expedited service)

New York state business

$135 per product / $ 170 per product (expedited)

Non-New York state business

$220 per product / $440 per product (expedited)

 

Current turnaround is 7-8 weeks (regular service) / 3-4 weeks (expedited service)

Scheduled Process Versions are slight modifications to a formulation to create another product. Example: Mild salsa and hot salsa

New York state business

$40 per product / $80 per product (expedited)

Non-New York state business

$75 per product / $150 per product (expedited)

 

Current turnaround is 7-8 weeks (regular service) / 3-4 weeks (expedited service)

New York state business

$40 per product / $80 per product (expedited)

Non-New York state business

$75 per product / $ 150 per product (expedited)

 

Current turnaround is 7-8 weeks (regular service) / 3-4 weeks (expedited service)

New York state business

$65 per product / $130 per product (expedited)

Non-New York state business

$105 per product / $ 210 per product (expedited)

 

Current turnaround is 7-8 weeks (regular service) / 3-4 weeks (expedited service)

It is highly recommended to have your Scheduled Process reevaluated every three years to reflect any updates in regulatory language requirements or new research discoveries.

New York state business

$20 per product / $40 per product (expedited)

Non-New York state business

$30 per product/ $60 per product (expedited) 

Current turnaround is 7-8 weeks (regular service) / 3-4 weeks (expedited service)

New York state business

$165 per product / $230 per product (expedited)

Non-New York state business

$250 per product / $500 per product (expedited)

 

Current turnaround is 7-8 weeks (regular service) / 3-4 weeks (expedited service)

New York state business

$360 per product size

Non-New York state business

$600 per product size

New York state business

$75 per product / $150 per product (expedited)

Non-New York state business

$115 per product / $230 per product (expedited)

 

Current turnaround is 7-8 weeks (regular service) / 3-4 weeks (expedited service)