University of Maryland Extension

Understanding Acidified Foods

Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
UMD Extension Office, Clinton MD
University of Maryland Extension, Prince George's County
6707 Groveton Drive
Clinton, MD 20735
United States
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Dr. Y. Martin Lo

University of Maryland Extension to Host Acidified Foods Training

Looking to sell your pickles, salsa or pickled beets at your local farmers market or grocery store?

CLINTON, OCTOBER 19, 2015 - Canning salsa, pickles, and other acidified foods for sale require special training. The University of Maryland Extension in Prince George’s County is offering just that through the “Understanding Acidified Foods Workshop.” The class is designed to teach the basics of food safety requirements and regulation in the manufacture of acidified foods in Maryland. According to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), an acidified food is defined as “a low acid food with added acid or acid food(s) to obtain a pH of 4.6 or below, and a water activity greater than 0.85.” 

Whether you have a business that you wish to expand, or you are just in the planning stages, the “Understanding Acidified Foods Workshop” will be helpful to you. The comprehensive course is taught by Dr. Y. Martin Lo, Process Authority Ambassador, International Union of Food Science & Technology. Dr. Lo is a well-published food bioprocess engineer with renowned research programs in value-added bioconversion of food and agriculture byproducts as well as development of food safety strategies. He continues to serve as the Editor-in-Chief for two important journals in the field, the Journal of Food Processing & Preservation and Food Science & Nutrition.

The course includes two exams and covers the following topics:

  • Microbiology of Thermally Processed Foods
  • Prerequisites for Food Processing
  • Principles of Acidified Foods
  • Measurement & Control of pH
  • FDA Registration & Filing
  • Principles of Thermal Processing
  • Food Container Handling
  • Records & Recordkeeping

A fee of $250 per person and advanced registration is required to attend the workshop. Registration must be received by November 20. Fee includes materials, refreshments and lunch. Certificates will be issued at the end of class. Checks should be made payable to BioIntelliPro, LLC. The workshop will be held at the Extension office in Clinton (6707 Groveton Drive). The Prince George’s County Farm Bureau is offering two scholarships to current and/or new members, and the Southern Maryland Agriculture Development Commission (SMADC) is offering $100 scholarships to Southern Maryland producers who attend and successfully complete the course. Visit SMADC's on-line tutorial for a step-by-step guide to on-farm processing of acidified foods.  Contact Kim Rush Lynch at or 301.868.8780 for scholarship details.


About University of Maryland Extension, Prince George's County

University of Maryland Extension (UME) is a statewide non-formal education system funded by federal, state, and local governments within the University of Maryland – College Park and the University of Maryland – Eastern Shore. Our mission is to support Maryland's agricultural industry; protect its valuable natural resources; enhance the well-being of families and individuals, both young and old; and foster the development of strong, stable communities.  The Prince George’s County office, partially supported by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, serves the community from two locations including the main Extension office in Clinton and the Center for Educational Partnership in Riverdale. For more information, visit our website.

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