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Successful Food Product Development for New Food Businesses: Managing Food Quality & Safety- with the National Farmer's Union and the University of Arkansas

Event date/time: 
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Thursday, September 2, 2021 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
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Course Description:

Are you an entrepreneur developing new and exciting products? Do you have questions about ensuring the safety of your product? If so, this is the program for you! This course is a program designed specifically to address product development and food safety issues faced by small processors. Throughout the course, we will introduce the food science basics, important considerations when developing a new food product, share key elements required for product labeling, and provide an overview of key regulatory requirements for small and emerging food businesses, such as entrepreneurs and local food processors.

Course Testimonials: 

"I learned about the steps needed when developing, making or manufacturing food products. This course raised my awareness about the importance of food safety and food quality"

"I wish I had this course available to me when I began my SQF journey a year and a half ago"

Course Outline:

Chapter 1: Introduction: Course introduction and expectations

Chapter 2: Food Safety Hazards: Understanding food safety hazards, and identifying potential sources.

Chapter 3: Product Development Life Cycle: Product development considerations from concept to commercialization.

Chapter 4: Product Labeling: Guidance for basic nutritional labeling and claims.

Chapter 5: Controlling Food Quality and Safety: Measurable approaches to monitoring the properties of your food product.

Chapter 6: Food Safety Management: Introduction to regulatory bodies and the FDA Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule.

Chapter 7: Hazard Analysis: Conducting a hazard analysis for your food product.

Chapter 8: Preventive Controls: Determining implementation of food safety controls for your product.


Content will be taught by food safety educators from the Universities of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Arkansas, and the National Farmer's Union

Registration Fee: 

This program is sponsored by USDA-NIFA, and is free for participants

Note on time zones:

This course begins at 10am Eastern Time Zone/9am Central Time Zone for all 3 days

How to Participate: 

Participants must:

  • Register before the event starts
  • Share their video feed for the duration of the class to ensure their presence
  • Attend all 3 sessions
Registration Deadline: 
Friday, August 27, 2021 - 4:59pm
Contact's name: 
Christopher Von Achen
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Contact's phone on day of event: 
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