COPAN Liquid Based Microbiology

Predicting and Controlling the Shelf Life of Foods

2014, November 20

Food » Training

Product development teams put a lot of effort into designing and producing new and innovative products, but if these do not reach the end of their shelf life, then that effort is wasted.

The redesign or reformulation of an existing product can be more difficult than expected. The transfer from development kitchen to pilot and then full-scale production can itself be fraught with problems. What are the key sensory and microbiological factors that influence shelf life, and how do they interplay with each other? How do we define spoilage; is it important to differentiate between sensory or physical spoilage and microbiological spoilage? Can you accelerate (and therefore shorten) the process of determining shelf life, either sensory/physical or microbiological?

This course will give a good introduction to many of the problems that can reduce the shelf life of foods and beverages, and the methods of controlling problems and extending shelf life. Food and beverage manufacturers are under increasing pressure to extend the shelf life of their products and therefore knowing how to determine and lengthen the shelf life of a food product is vital.

Who should attend?

Designed for all those concerned with the determination of the safe and stable shelf life of products, including:

Product Developers
Technical Managers
Food Safety Managers

From this course you will

Learn about the safety and quality problems that affect foods and shorten shelf life
Discover that shelf-life determination can be carried out for the problems that have been described
Understand the techniques used on foods to extend shelf life and ensure product safety
Appreciate important ingredients that can extend shelf life
Realise that ingredient quality is a key factor in ensuring the maximum shelf life for your products


Leatherhead Food Research
Yew Tree Bottom Road, Great Burgh
KT18 5XT
United Kingdom


Leatherhead Food Research
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