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Setting shelf life: how to do it better

Important information about Campden BRI events

All on-site training courses and seminars due to be held between 23rd March and 31st July are being rescheduled for August onwards. You can still register interest and we will notify you of rescheduled dates. You will not be charged until the event takes place. For enquiries please contact +44(0)1386 842104




9 June 2020



Members - £599 + VAT
Non-members - £780 + VAT


Campden BRI, Chipping Campden

Benefits of attending

This course provides information on how best to approach the setting of shelf life for a range of food and drinks products. Typical attendees would include those with a basic knowledge of how to assign a product shelf life or those new to the area. They will gain an understanding of how to set the shelf life of a product to account for both spoilage and safety risks.

Training Course content

Introduction to shelf life - definition, factors that affect shelf life

  • Labelling legislation- use by and best before dates

  • Non microbiological issues – sensory and chemical considerations

  • Shelf life testing of a range food products- chilled, ambient, drinks

  • Accelerated shelf life testing- how to approach this

  • Predictive modelling- how this can be used in shelf life determination

  • Challenge testing- Listeria challenge testing protocols, C.botulinum challenge testing

  • Case studies to draw together the knowledge gained during the day


Course aims

  • To provide an introduction to shelf life testing for a range of food categories

  • To highlight the importance of pathogens and spoilage organisms with regards to shelf life

  • To demonstrate the use of predictive modelling as a tool in shelf life assessment

  • To show the potential benefits of accelerated shelf life testing 


Learning outcomes

At the end of the course you will be able to:- 

  • Develop shelf life testing protocols

  • Have an understanding of predictive modelling and its use

  • Consider the applicability and use of accelerated shelf life testing

  • Set safe and realistic shelf=lives for a range of food products


This course can be customised and is available in house

Event Director - Fiona Cawkell

Further information

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